Wednesday (1.19.2022)

WEDNESDAY (1.19.2022) Your daily guide to New York nightlife.


UPTOWN / BRONX

HELL’S KITCHEN

MIDTOWN

MIDTOWN EAST

CHELSEA

MEATPACKING

WEST VILLAGE

EAST VILLAGE / LES

LOWER MANHATTAN / FINANCIAL DISTRICT

BROOKLYN

QUEENS

LONG ISLAND

WESTCHESTER

NEW JERSEY

ONLINE CONTENT (see all)


BALLROOM & KIKI | BEARS | BINGO | BRUNCH | BURLESQUE | CABARET | CIRCUIT PARTIES | CRUISING | DANCE PARTIES | DRAG RACE STARS | DRAG SHOWS | DIVES | 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 | URBAN | WATCH DRAG RACE

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Tuesday (1.18.2022)

TUESDAY (1.18.2022) Your daily guide to NYC nightlife programming.


UPTOWN / BRONX

HELL’S KITCHEN

MIDTOWN

MIDTOWN EAST

CHELSEA

WEST VILLAGE

EAST VILLAGE

BROOKLYN

QUEENS

WESTCHESTER

NEW JERSEY

ONLINE


BALLROOM & KIKI | BEARS | BINGO | BRUNCH | BURLESQUE | CABARET | CIRCUIT PARTIES | CRUISING | DANCE PARTIES | DRAG RACE STARS | DRAG SHOWS | DIVES | 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 | URBAN | WATCH DRAG RACE

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Monday (1.17.2022)

MONDAY (1.17.2022) Your daily guide to New York City nightlife programming.


UPTOWN / BRONX

HELL’S KITCHEN

MIDTOWN

CHELSEA

WEST VILLAGE

EAST VILLAGE

  • CLUB CUMMING: Austin Ruffer (6pm);
    Lance Horne (8pm)
  • NOWHERE: “Macho Mondays” feat. gogo boys & DJ Ryko (8pm)

BROOKLYN

QUEENS

NEW JERSEY

  • PARADISE: “Drag Wars” hosted by Cee’mour Cox (11pm)

BALLROOM & KIKI | BEARS | BINGO | BRUNCH | BURLESQUE | CABARET | CIRCUIT PARTIES | CRUISING | DANCE PARTIES | DRAG RACE STARS | DRAG SHOWS | DIVES | 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 | URBAN | WATCH DRAG RACE

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Sunday (1.16.2022)

SUNDAY (1.16.2022) Your daily guide to New York and New Jersey nightlife programming.


UPTOWN / BRONX

HELL’S KITCHEN

MIDTOWN

MIDTOWN EAST

CHELSEA

MEATPACKING

WEST VILLAGE

EAST VILLAGE

TRIBECA / LOWER MANHATTAN

BROOKLYN

QUEENS

NEW JERSEY

BALLROOM & KIKI | BEARS | BINGO | BRUNCH | BURLESQUE | CABARET | CIRCUIT PARTIES | CRUISING | DANCE PARTIES | DRAG RACE STARS | DRAG SHOWS | DIVES | 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 | URBAN | WATCH DRAG RACE

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Saturday (1.15.2022)

SATURDAY (1.15.2022) Your daily guide to New York queer nightlife.


UPTOWN / BRONX

HELL’S KITCHEN

MIDTOWN

MIDTOWN EAST / FLATIRON

CHELSEA

MEATPACKING

WEST VILLAGE

EAST VILLAGE

BROOKLYN

QUEENS

NEW JERSEY


BALLROOM & KIKI | BEARS | BINGO | BRUNCH | BURLESQUE | CABARET | CIRCUIT PARTIES | CRUISING | DANCE PARTIES | DRAG RACE STARS | DRAG SHOWS | DIVES | 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 | URBAN | WATCH DRAG RACE

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Friday (1.14.2022)

FRIDAY (1.14.2022) Your daily guide to New York and New Jersey nightlife programming.


UPTOWN / BRONX

HELL’S KITCHEN

MIDTOWN

MIDTOWN EAST

CHELSEA / HUDSON YARDS

WEST VILLAGE

EAST VILLAGE

BROOKLYN

QUEENS

NEW JERSEY

ONLINE CONTENT (see all)


BALLROOM & KIKI | BEARS | BINGO | BRUNCH | BURLESQUE | CABARET | CIRCUIT PARTIES | CRUISING | DANCE PARTIES | DRAG RACE STARS | DRAG SHOWS | DIVES | 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 | URBAN | WATCH DRAG RACE

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Thursday (1.13.2022)

THURSDAY (1.13.2022) Your daily guide to New York queer nightlife events.


UPTOWN / BRONX

HELL’S KITCHEN

MIDTOWN

MIDTOWN EAST / FLATIRON

CHELSEA / HUDSON YARDS

MEATPACKING

WEST VILLAGE

EAST VILLAGE

  • COCK: DJ Scott Ewalt (6pm)
  • CLUB CUMMING: “Pandemic Burlesque” feat. Tallulah Talons & more (7pm)
  • PHOENIX: Trivia (8pm)
    DJ Boyish Charm (10pm)
  • NOWHERE: “Pheromone” feat. Trevor Handsome & DJ Fur Trap (10pm)

LOWER MANHATTAN / CHINATOWN / FINANCIAL DISTRICT

BROOKLYN

QUEENS

NEW JERSEY

ONLINE CONTENT (see all)


BALLROOM & KIKI | BEARS | BINGO | BRUNCH | BURLESQUE | CABARET | CIRCUIT PARTIES | CRUISING | DANCE PARTIES | DRAG RACE STARS | DRAG SHOWS | DIVES | 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 | URBAN | WATCH DRAG RACE

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Wednesday (1.12.2022)

WEDNESDAY (1.12.2022) Your daily guide to New York nightlife.


UPTOWN / BRONX

HELL’S KITCHEN

MIDTOWN

MIDTOWN EAST

CHELSEA

MEATPACKING

WEST VILLAGE

EAST VILLAGE / LES

LOWER MANHATTAN / FINANCIAL DISTRICT

BROOKLYN

QUEENS

WESTCHESTER

NEW JERSEY

ONLINE CONTENT (see all)


BALLROOM & KIKI | BEARS | BINGO | BRUNCH | BURLESQUE | CABARET | CIRCUIT PARTIES | CRUISING | DANCE PARTIES | DRAG RACE STARS | DRAG SHOWS | DIVES | 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 | URBAN | WATCH DRAG RACE

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On Point With: DJ Jovanotti

This Colombian born beatmaster got his NYC start in Jackson Heights, and is now on the roster of the City’s hottest venue of the hour: DJ Jovanotti Banguera!


Thotyssey: Hello Jovanotti, Happy New Year! How was your weekend?

DJ Jovanotti: It was good — nice first “Pop Rave” of the year at The Q, and some free time to rest after so much work.

What was your favorite track that you played?

“Do it To It, “by Acraze and Cherish.

Yes, that one is fire! “Pop Rave” is the Friday night party at The Q, where all three floors feature a dance party! Where were you?

The “SPEAQEASY Room,” on the second floor.

That’s where all the “action” is at! Do the cute boys and their “business” ever distract you when you are DJing, lol?

Not really! When you’re there mixing live, you can’t be distracted. I’m connected with the people I see dancing, who enjoy every song I play for them. You have a playlist prepared, but sometimes there are moments when the flow of those who are dancing deserve that song that they don’t even expect. I see many cute guys, yes… but what I like to see is them dancing.

So you are originally from Colombia… what was it like for you living there, and was music always a part of your life?

Colombia is one of the most beautiful countries in the planet. Music was always part of my life. In high school I was in the dance team; then in the parties, I liked to have always a nice playlist for every party. I started going to parties where really nice DJs play music like Roger Sanchez, Eric Morillo and Carl Cox. And after these parties finished, I liked to come home and continue the party… so I had to prepare special playlists. In the middle of some of the parties I met some DJ friends in Colombia, and one of them started to teach me how to use a controller and play the music. So there I wanted to learn more. [So that’s why] I’m here!

How long have you been a New Yorker?

Four years.

Where did you start DJing in the City?

I started at Hombres Lounge [in Jackson Heights, Queens]. I came there looking for a job as a DJ; the manager let me play music one Sunday in the happy hour. He liked it, but I played only house music that day and he told me “I need from you some Latin music, too.” He liked the Guaracha music that I played, but for the bar he needs Latin. So I told him, “it’s okay, I can bring you Latin, too.”

I started to look for more Latin beats and listening to the DJs in the area. And I started to build my Latin style. The part that I loved was playing hip hop; I’ve never done [that] in Colombia. I could see more nice combinations [from local DJs] of the music that I didn’t want to do before.

If it was entirely up to you now, what might a DJ Jovanotti night sound like?

I’m thinking of the best way to answer this. I’m Latin, and sometimes I wanna say something… but only know the words in Spanish, because in English it doesn’t exist. Now, it’s a moment like that. A Jovanotti night’s sound is like a conga, Latin drums… like I say in Spanish, Sabor… it’s that thing that makes you stand up. I love a song that is produced by a duo, Pele & Shawnecy: “Better for My Brain.” That track could define what sound I am!

So, how fun is it to work at The Q?

Working at The Q is amazing! They are bringing great DJs–giving the place to new faces and old faces, joining forces to bring these special parties. I think it’s a combination of everything: the dancers, the drags, the sound technician… everyone gives a big support for the team.

Do all you Q DJs get to hang out and kiki ever?

I know some of them, and we support each other in the parties where we play. So after the work, we like to continue with some [more] party!

Do you have a “Craziest Thing I’ve Seen Go Down at The Q” story yet?

I think something crazy is having a DJ in the restroom! The “BathHause” at the Q Saturdays, and some special parties, you can find a DJ there. The people enjoy so much that; I’ve played music there, and I saw many things happening in the restroom… you know what I mean! But one of the most nice things is to see the people dancing there for long time, enjoying the music! Everyone says, “this is weird… but really nice!”

So aside from weekends at The Q, you’re also frequently spinning there on Wednesdays for their new party “LatinQ.”

It’s a very fun night; I’m making a team with great Brazilian DJs [producer Diogo Ambrosio et al] and beautiful drag queens [Pietra Parker et al] that bring an amazing show. We are trying to give a good reason to the people to go out for a party on Wednesday.

Also, a Mexican fusion restaurant in Astoria called Fresco’s Cantina, which has gained popularity over the years thanks in part to its drag shows, is getting a larger space better equipped for shows and parties: Fresco’s Grand Cantina! You’ll be part of the new brunch shows there.

This Wednesday they will make a soft opening; I’ll be there playing music, and the idea is to bring the same activities [they did] in the other restaurant. For Sunday drag brunch, I’ll be there playing some music. Some of the queens that I’m so happy to work there are Stasi, Essence, Roqué and Chicky Gorgina.

Another Diogo Ambrosio Brazilian kiki you’re part of is “Pegaté,” which is usually the first Saturday of every month at Rebar Chelsea.

Yes, the next “Pégate” should be on February 5. You have to come! The Latin music is the theme of the party, but I have the space during the night to bring all the old pop songs there were very popular in 2000s.

By the way, my readers definitely wanna know: are you single!?

Im not single; I have one of the most special men in the world.

Aw, congratulations… and sorry readers, lol! To close: do you have any advice for new DJs who want to make it in LGBT+ NYC?

First I wanna say thanks to you, to give me this moment to talk about how I’m living this dream.

My best advice is: believe in you, no matter what people say. Believe in you like Kanye West believe in him, lol! But please don’t think you are a God; don’t forget to connect the emotions of the people with the music. Playing music is not just following a playlist! And the last thing: work hard. Everything in the life comes when you really work hard.

Thank you, Jovanotti!


Check Thotyssey’s calendar for DJ Jovanotti’s upcoming appearances, and follow him on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

On Point Archives

Tuesday (1.11.2022)

TUESDAY (1.11.2022) Your daily guide to NYC nightlife programming.


UPTOWN / BRONX

HELL’S KITCHEN

MIDTOWN

MIDTOWN EAST

CHELSEA

WEST VILLAGE

EAST VILLAGE

BROOKLYN

QUEENS

WESTCHESTER

  • GUAPO: Kitty Kaboodlez & Sasha Renee (7pm)

NEW JERSEY

ONLINE


BALLROOM & KIKI | BEARS | BINGO | BRUNCH | BURLESQUE | CABARET | CIRCUIT PARTIES | CRUISING | DANCE PARTIES | DRAG RACE STARS | DRAG SHOWS | DIVES | 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 | URBAN | WATCH DRAG RACE

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Monday (1.10.2022)

MONDAY (1.10.2022) Your daily guide to New York City nightlife programming.


UPTOWN / BRONX

HELL’S KITCHEN

MIDTOWN

CHELSEA

WEST VILLAGE

EAST VILLAGE

  • CLUB CUMMING: Austin Ruffer (6pm);
    Lance Horne (8pm)
  • NOWHERE: “Macho Mondays” feat. gogo boys & DJ Ryko (8pm)

BROOKLYN

QUEENS

NEW JERSEY

  • PARADISE: “Drag Wars” hosted by Cee’mour Cox (11pm)

BALLROOM & KIKI | BEARS | BINGO | BRUNCH | BURLESQUE | CABARET | CIRCUIT PARTIES | CRUISING | DANCE PARTIES | DRAG RACE STARS | DRAG SHOWS | DIVES | 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 | URBAN | WATCH DRAG RACE

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Bar Babe of the Month: Seth at The Q

From porn star to Bar Babe, start the year off right with The Q’s Seth Knight!


Bar(s) that I work at: The Q

How long I’ve worked there: Since it opened. 8 months.

What are my shifts: Thurs, Fri, Sat

What makes this bar great: That it’s queer and gender neutral and for everyone

Best drink I make: Martini

I love it when customers: Thank me for the good work I do.

I hate it when customers: When they try to get your attention when your helping someone else

Craziest thing I’ve seen here: Jen Shah from Housewives.

Other places I’ve worked: I bartend in all of Austin at all the gay bars.

My hometown: Wichita Falls, TX

Stuff I do when I’m not bartending: I’ve been in porn for 14 years, so I work on that when not bartending.

Single or Taken: Taken by two lovely men

Who/what turns me on: Swag and confidence

Favorite music: Tove Lo is my favorite music

Favorite movie or TV show: Horror in general is my fav

Favorite gogo boy: Gaystrychef

Favorite DJ: Frankie Sharp 

Other stuff you need to know about me: I have a toy yorkie named Kiwi. He’s my child.

Follow me on: Insta & Twitter

Tip me at: Cash app $mattegorov


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Sunday (1.9.2022)

SUNDAY (1.9.2022) Your daily guide to New York and New Jersey nightlife programming.


UPTOWN / BRONX

HELL’S KITCHEN

MIDTOWN

MIDTOWN EAST

  • LIPS: Brunch feat. Ginger Snap & more (noon);
    “Sunday Divas” feat. Morgan Royel & the Lips queens (5pm)
  • BLUE MIDTOWN: “Ultramaroon” feat. DJs BlueAnt by Steven Redant, Someone Form Berlin & Joey with the Mustache (5pm)

CHELSEA

MEATPACKING

WEST VILLAGE

EAST VILLAGE

TRIBECA / LOWER MANHATTAN

BROOKLYN

QUEENS

NEW JERSEY

BALLROOM & KIKI | BEARS | BINGO | BRUNCH | BURLESQUE | CABARET | CIRCUIT PARTIES | CRUISING | DANCE PARTIES | DRAG RACE STARS | DRAG SHOWS | DIVES | 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 | URBAN | WATCH DRAG RACE

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Saturday (1.8.2022)

SATURDAY (1.8.2022) Your daily guide to New York queer nightlife.


UPTOWN / BRONX

HELL’S KITCHEN

MIDTOWN

MIDTOWN EAST / FLATIRON

CHELSEA

MEATPACKING

WEST VILLAGE

EAST VILLAGE

BROOKLYN

QUEENS

NEW JERSEY


BALLROOM & KIKI | BEARS | BINGO | BRUNCH | BURLESQUE | CABARET | CIRCUIT PARTIES | CRUISING | DANCE PARTIES | DRAG RACE STARS | DRAG SHOWS | DIVES | 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 | URBAN | WATCH DRAG RACE

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Friday (1.7.2022)

FRIDAY (1.7.2022) Your daily guide to New York and New Jersey nightlife programming.


UPTOWN / BRONX

HELL’S KITCHEN

MIDTOWN

MIDTOWN EAST

CHELSEA / HUDSON YARDS

WEST VILLAGE

EAST VILLAGE

BROOKLYN

QUEENS

NEW JERSEY

ONLINE CONTENT (see all)


BALLROOM & KIKI | BEARS | BINGO | BRUNCH | BURLESQUE | CABARET | CIRCUIT PARTIES | CRUISING | DANCE PARTIES | DRAG RACE STARS | DRAG SHOWS | DIVES | 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 | URBAN | WATCH DRAG RACE

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On Point With: Lucas Skywalker

Currently one of Hell’s Kitchen’s most popular Sunday nights, “Hard Serve” is the product of “Drag Race” alum Dahlia Sin and this fierce host and producer. But as Lucas Skywalker reminds us, throwing a kiki this big every week is a task surmountable by only a chosen few!


Thotyssey: Hello Lucas, thanks for chatting with us today! How was your New Years Weekend?

Lucas Skywalker: Hi Thotyssey, thank you for having me. My New Years was… lit.

That’s great! Some parts of the city were dead that weekend, but others were thriving! Has this whole Omicron situation been a big burden for you and your events, or are you successfully working around it?

Yeah, so the whole Omicron surge definitely affected me negatively. I had to cancel about four gigs (both producing and hosting). But now that some weeks have passed, along with things somewhat calming down, I’m able to comfortably go back to doing all my gigs in this new year.

Are you a native New Yorker?

Yup, born and raised in the Bronx.

And what were you into growing up as far as music, fashion, art, fabulosity, etc.?

For music, I’ve always been into hip-hop, rap, pop, dancehall, R&B, and reggaeton. Though I did go through a phase during my early years in high school of only listening to alternative music. And now I would say that I’ve really opened my taste to several genres of music.

In regard to fashion, my sense of style has changed several times throughout the years. Between changing my hair style and color more times than I can count and my fashion style ranging from preppy, to athleisure, to streetwear, to wearing very revealing garments… I think I’ve found a fusion that works well for me currently.

For art, I can’t say I was into it that much as an adolescent. It wasn’t until I took a couple art classes in college and started traveling the world that I grew a love for it now. I’ve learned that art is everywhere, in different forms.

Therefore I can attribute my fabulosity to everything I’ve said above. I think what makes me fabulous is having been brave enough to make all my different, daring and interesting range of choices growing up.

[Photo: Warren Piece]

Have you modeled professionally? You definitely have a compelling edge to your look!

Yes, lol, during my early 20’s. I’ve even walked for NYFW, and have done a campaign. But I used to be extremely shy when I was younger, so I was too afraid to try to get signed, etc. However, that was a phase. I have absolutely no desire nor passion to model now. And thank you!

By the way… Are you a Star Wars geek, or is it just a Cute Name Situation?

I’m definitely a Star Wars fan for sure. Not a die hard fan, but a fan nonetheless. I used to watch all the movies with my fam as a child. But it did become a cute name situation from there!

How do you discover nightlife, and meet Dahlia Sin and Kandy Muse?

I discovered nightlife from going out with my friends, and meeting a bunch of people. But I began working in nightlife when I was approached by producers and DJs to host their parties a few years back. I’ve met both Dahlia and Kandy at the same time, through a close mutual friend of ours at a party… a couple years back as well.

So if I have my “Serve” history correct, things began with “Soft Serve” at 3 Dollar Bill, which was produced by Dahlia and a just-filmed-Drag Race Kandy. I believe that was an early Sunday thing… were you a part of that?

So I’ve never actually hosted “Soft Serve,” lol. When I was asked to host one of the parties, I was out of town so I wasn’t able to. Afterwards, Dahlia asked me in July of last year if I would want to co-produce it with her. And after producing my first event the month prior (Dumbo Pride) and realizing that I’m passionate about producing, I was excited to be a part of that.

[Photo: Jeff Eason]

So now we have “Hard Serve” weekly at The Q! This is a really hot ticket event, with popular RuGirls and other big name guests performing each time. I can’t imagine how much work goes into this!

We’re a weekly party that likes to rotate our selection of DJ’s, hosts, and performers. No one is ever a resident. Dahlia and I like to continuously keep it new and fresh. So during the planning process, Dahlia and I are always in meetings discussing who we want to staff out for that week. We make sure that the different DJs and hosts complement each other as well, and are not just grouped randomly.

For our flyer design, we like to completely change the aesthetic of our flyers bi-monthly. We also like to work with different graphic designers, depending on our vision for the new flyer. So there’s the whole creative process behind that for creating different concepts.

After that’s all done, outreach begins. We’re contacting the DJs, hosts and talent. I would say that booking hosts is the easiest part (if they’re local hosts). Booking DJs is somewhat relatively easy (depending on the DJ). Booking talent is the most challenging, in regards to RuGirls and celebrities. You have to get their manager’s point of contact email, make sure they’re available for that date, and in most cases negotiate pay. From there, it’s the promo phase. As a producer, you want to ensure that you’re staff is promoting the flyers.

And then, it’s the night of the party. Dahlia and I make sure to say hi to every single staff member that works at the club, every week. We greet the security, door person, bartenders, dancers, lighting / tech folks and managers. We work hand-in-hand with the manger(s) in making sure that the night runs smoothly between the host, DJs, and talent.

So when your friends outside the industry are like, “wow you get paid to party, sounds fun,” you must have a lot of side eye to give them!

Oh yes, lol. Most people don’t get the amount of work that goes behind it. But in all fairness, I didn’t either until I started doing it.

This weekend you’ve got double duty, actually. First off, on Saturday you’ll be a host at 3 Dollar Bill for their epic party “HER,” and that’s gonna feature Drag Race star Derrick Barry!

Mhm! It’s gonna be a fun and busy weekend.

Then on Hard Serve Sunday at The Q, Auntie Kandy returns for a twirl!

Oh yes! We’re so excited to have her be a part of the first Hard Serve of 2022!

Anything else coming up for you?

Stay tuned for a this whole other separate party that I’m currently working on!

Excitement! Okay, lastly… what are you most looking forward to in 2022?

Traveling more, living in alignment, and leveling the fuck up as an NYC nightlife producer.

Use that Force! Thanks, Lucas!


Check Thotyssey’s calendar for Lucas Skywalker’s upcoming appearances, and follow him on Instagram.

On Point Archives

Thursday (1.6.2022)

THURSDAY (1.6.2022) Your daily guide to New York queer nightlife events.


UPTOWN / BRONX

HELL’S KITCHEN

MIDTOWN

MIDTOWN EAST / FLATIRON

CHELSEA / HUDSON YARDS

WEST VILLAGE

EAST VILLAGE

LOWER MANHATTAN / CHINATOWN / FINANCIAL DISTRICT

BROOKLYN

QUEENS

NEW JERSEY

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On Point With: Maxi Padding

2021’s final “Polish the Queen” champion is getting a showcase of their very own this weekend… enjoy your special time of the month with Maxi Padding! [Cover photo: Dom Martello]


Thotyssey: Hello Maxi, thanks for chatting with us today! How was your New Years weekend?

Maxi Padding: Thanks for having me! It was very chill, but I think that’s exactly what I needed to ring in the New Year.

I hear that. This Omicron stuff is nuts!

It certainly is! I’m glad to see most everyone is getting boosted and regularly tested as we all try to navigate this as safely as possible.

So where are you from originally, and what were your earliest creative interests?

I’m from Royal Oak, Michigan which is right outside of Detroit. And I’ve been performing most of my life! I was in the local high school production of Pippin when I was 5-6 years old, and that led to years of performing with different choirs, bands, and theaters.

Do you had a favorite role from that time?

It’s a little strange, but I’ve actually played Mr. Collins in two separate versions of Pride and Prejudice — and both times I had the most fun playing him!

He’s the best!

He is; it’s always the most fun to play the creeps and weirdos!

How and where did you discover drag, and ultimately become Maxi?

I started getting into drag in college, after an assignment in my stage makeup class where I attempted drag makeup for the first time. And then I started experimenting more, and going out in drag. But I didn’t really start taking it seriously until February of 2020 (very convenient timing on my part). I had been in the city for a couple years auditioning, but I was finding it very difficult to find my place as a non-binary actor– even in auditions specially casting queer characters, I would often feel alienated. Drag lets me be whoever I want, and I’m finding it much easier to find a place where I fit!

Do you have a drag mom?

Nope! There are a lot of drag performers I consider my siblings, but I’m not a part of any “official” drag family…yet!

What would you say the Maxi Padding onstage experience is like for the initiated, and how might you describe your aesthetic?

I strive to look stunning and act stupid! But there’s always a clever wit to a Maxi performance; I love to make people laugh and smile, and I think there’s an art to making a mix that keeps people’s attention and lands a good joke! I wouldn’t say I have a specific aesthetic I’m going for, but I always try to look polished. I love to experiment with looks inspired by all sorts of designers, decades, and anything that grabs my attention.

I saw you slay at “Lady Liberty” one week, and you’ve done many of the other weekly competition shows. How do you you like engaging in that scene? Are you “in it to win it,” or is it more about networking and trying stuff out, and getting stage time for you?

I’m very grateful for all the different competitions in the city! They are a great way for drag performers, myself included, to start to get their name out there. When I started in the scene, it was definitely all about networking and just getting the chance to perform. But I can’t lie… I’m a pretty competitive person, and once I started winning it was hard not to strive for the crown every time.

[Photo: Jeff Eason]

You won the 2021 finale of “Polish the Queen” at Playhouse Bar!

I did! It was really amazing! The competition was fierce, and the judges were all nightlife personnel that I look up to and respect. But I’m most proud because that package I made entirely myself! The wigs, the outfits, the mix… everything except the shoes were all me, and that made the victory that much sweeter!

Congratulations! And now you’re getting a onetime Playhouse showcase of your own as part of your prize package. On Saturday, you’ll serve us “Code Red” at 5pm with special guests Valedictorian and Sitanya Face!

Yes! I’m excited to get to host and share what Maxi is all about! We’re putting together a great show celebrating the hard work we all put into the “Polish the Queen” finale, and into our drag the last year! Sitanya and Valedictorian are great performers and artists, so the show should be unique and a lot of fun!

Anything else coming up for you?

Nothing at the moment… I’ve got some things in the works for 2022, and you can always keep up with what I’m doing by following my socials everywhere!

And finally… Drag Race Season 14 premieres this weekend! Whose team are you on!?

Well, I’m always on team NYC and I love Jasmine… so I’m definitely rooting for her! And this year I get to root for my home state, Michigan, for the first time with Orion Story. But I think my number one is definitely Kornbread!

Thanks, Maxi!


Check Thotyssey’s calendar for Maxi Padding’s upcoming appearances, and follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

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