New York hit list: July 17

by Chad Callaghan

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Thursday July 17, 2008

With the Fourth of July safely in the past, the summer continues to kick into high gear across the Tri-State area. Gotham will really heat up this weekend with this offering of events to pass the time and stay cool in the Big Apple.

Vice is nice

With Mr. Black back in full swing (27 W. 24th St. between Fifth and Sixth Avenues), Johnny McGovern's Vice Club is the place to be this Thursday, July 17. The go-go-gorgeous Boyfriend Twins dance for your voyeuristic delight while Black Eddi, Mizz Maine, and DJ Tekshur help the homos get hot. 10 p.m. Cover varies.

Road rules

7 p.m. on Friday, July 18, signals the beginning of Road Trip 7, the annual gay and lesbian beach party weekend at Asbury Park. Start your out-of-town jaunt with the Road Trip Kickoff Party at the Grand Arcade and Convention Hall. Just off the famous Fifth Avenue Beach, the party boasts 2,000 guests, a Priape underwear fashion show, and fireworks exploding to beats by Eddie Baez. The festivities continue non-stop all weekend long (including the new Saturday Sand Blast dance on the beach from noon to 6 p.m.), so if the flames of Fire Island have burned you out, try this alternative gay get-away. Log onto for more information.

Mermaid music

The Village Voice, New York's leading source for independent news, presents the Siren Music Festival this Saturday, July 19, the summer's leading event for independent music. The indie-invasion touches down in Coney Island (Surf Avenue at Atlantic Shore) at noon. The local-to-international lineup includes favorites like Broken Social Scene, Ra Ra Riot and the Islands. Its all-day-long, it's on the beach, and best of all it's free-a great morning-after escape, and an even-better next-day-date. Log onto more information. The festivities start at noon.

Bad boys at sea

On Sunday, July 20, the Queen of Hearts sets sail from Pier 41 (West Side Highway at Houston Street) at 7 p.m. full of boys prepared to be bad for three unruly hours, and you'd better be one of them. Will Clark's fifth annual Bad Boys on the Hudson Sea Tea event benefits Team Eagle, raising money for the LGBT Center's HIV and AIDS prevention efforts. DJ Randy Bettis spins and plenty of burly bad boys set sail to entertain their adoring fans. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. $22 for advance tickets. or for more information.

Roast and toast

Adam Sank is leaving New York and fellow comics Karith Foster, Jackie Monahan, Robin Fox and Brian Barry are ready to give him the royal good-riddance this Sunday, July 20, at Therapy (348 W. 52nd St. between Eighth and Ninth Avenues). Put on your after-sun lotion and head up to Hell's Kitchen to toast one of the city's most celebrated gay comedy kings with booze, "Booooo!"s and your boo. Brade Loekle takes over as host of the Electro-Shock Comedy Hour for an evening of roasts, toasts and $5 cosmos will keep the crowd coming. 10 p.m.


Join members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Monday, July 21, as they screen a new print of the gay cult classic "Fame" at the Directors Guild of America Theater (110 W 57th St. at Sixth Avenue). The evening will feature special guests including Academy Award-winning composer Michael Gore and costume designer Kristi Zea. Rediscover what Meg Tilly and Boyd Gaines looked like way back when, and re-live the songs you love like Hot Lunch Jam (you know you still sing it in the shower). You can even check out the screen talent of then-unknown fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi. 7 p.m. $3 students and Academy members, $5 general public.