How hilariously irresistible is this? Cyndi Lauper pawns New York’s Powerball lottery…
The opening night launch for XL, New York’s first new gay nightclub in 15 years, was one frigging fabulous event, indeed. Its location far west on 42nd Street and below gayborhood Hell’s Kitchen was hardly a deterrent for the hundreds consistently standing in line from its opening at 10 p.m. until I made my exit after 1 a.m.
I got a tour of the XL Lounge, Cabaret and Nightclub Monday while interviewing Beto Sutter (who is launching the venture with partner John Blair [(profiled in Wednesday's New York Times]), and found it hard to imagine that in four days, the joint was going to be polished up in time for opening: Crews were still installing major fixtures and finishes.
But sure enough, XL glistened Friday, as an endless stream of men from their 20s & up, along with a multitude of drag queens and lady friends, paraded through the elegant Lounge, with its circular center bar (and the hottest bartenders this side of Fire Island), then down the corridor to the 11,000sf Cabaret & Nightclub. The one caveat: $9 for a house drink. Ouch.
Seen: Village Voice journo Michael Musto, pop singer Kesha, drag impresarios Lady Bunny & Sherry Vine, Reichlin Lehmkuhl & Mike Ruiz from Logo’s The A-List, OUT NYC founding partner Ian Simpson Reisner, former Miss Africa Nyasha Zimucha…
At her headlining performance this weekend from the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Celine Dion was asked about fellow superstar Madonna’s upcoming halftime performance at next week’s Super Bowl.
“That tart? She needs to back away from the mic and the Botox. Girlfriend is looking a little stretched, don’t cha think?” Dion told reporters.
Okay, not really. She shared with The Trend on Zappos Couture, “I love Madonna and know her well. She’s going to be great, just fine; she doesn’t need any luck. She’s going to do her thing, do what she does best, (and) give us something for us to remember.”
And speaking of, bringing Celine to that event is being heralded as monumental for the locale. Jamaica Jazz and Blues producer Walter Elmore said, “Because Celine Dion has never appeared in this region nor at a music festival, this is a coup for us. We are certain her appearance will bring more visitors to Jamaica and enhance the stature of our world class event.”
Conceived as a vehicle for increasing Jamaica’s tourism during the low season, the Jazz and Blues Festival was launched in October 1996. *
Celine Dion posted a video greeting to members of TeamCeline on webbie CelineDion.com, and may I just say, she has never, ever looked as beautiful. I am in awe… Celine has come into her own as a mature woman more so than when she was in her 20s.
At last there’s a way to enjoy a rewarding power nap at the office without the annoyance of hearing your boss ask what the hell you’re doing. The Ostrich offers a nice cozy private environment, with “cave-like interior shelters” that hide your head and hands, so you don’t have to sneak off to that back room where they keep the archive issues, for a quick hangover lie-down. Um, not that I’ve ever done such a thing.
It’s the first phase of the $20 million OUT NYC resort complex, which, in addition to XL, comprises a posh three-story, 105-room boutique
|Note that the facade spells “OUT”|
hotel with three outdoor courtyards, a 24/7 café and upscale restaurant Kitchen 510, business & conference facilities, a wellness center, and function space for major events and weddings.
The 11,000 sf XL space marks the return of nightlife impresarios John Blair and Beto Sutter (with party promoters Brandon Voss and Tony Fornabaio), who have revolutionized the quintessence of NYC gay entertainment for the past three decades, including the iconic ’80s Roxy, Palladium, Tunnel, Club USA, Limelight and Splash, as well as nightlife magazine NEXT, JB’s restaurant and, in the millennium, the previous XL bar in Chelsea (which closed in 2006 after five years when they lost their lease).
Located on 42nd Street between 10th and 11th avenues in the heart of New York’s theater district and flanking Hell’s Kitchen “gayborhood,” XL is the first new NYC gay nightclub in 15 years, thanks to a stranglehold on granting new bar licenses in the city.
The focus of my release was XL Cabaret, Sutter’s lovechild, and I spent a couple hours with him Monday, talking about his vision and getting a full tour of the gargantuan, space-age facility.
Here’s how a visitor’s experience progresses: XL Lounge opens at 4 p.m. Three hours later, a dramatic drape opens to reveal the expansive candle-lit Cabaret space—with seating for 200 and standing room capacity for 650—which provides entertainment until 11 p.m. The setting then transforms into the Nightclub, open until 4 a.m.
There’s a lot more to the story, which I’ll share after the press release has been approved and sent to the masses. Meanwhile, XL opens this weekend—which I have the pleasure of attending… that is, if I can manage to stay awake until the party gets started… at midnight. *