It's the vernal equinox, and you know what that means: Sunshine? Flowers? Passover? Easter? Yes maybe, for sissies. But for New York's hardcore gay club scene, it much more importantly brings the deep dark blowout to (annually) end all deep dark blowouts: The Black Party, this year forenamed Rites XXXIII.
With its roots stretching far back into the city's nightlife history to legendary East Village club The Saint, the Black Party is a yearly institution of sheer pagan decadence known and eagerly anticipated from way beyond the city's borders. Traditionally far darker and more fetishized than other international circuit events, the Black Party is a longtime favorite of the world's Leather/Levi set, but also lures a wide range of hard-charging party people from across the globe, drawn by the event's reputation for phenomenal (and highly sexual) stage shows, world-class DJs, and general immersive reckless abandon.
Highly theatrical and keenly produced, the Black Party is known and beloved for its consistently provocative and innovative themes, the full scope of which is never revealed until the night of the actual event. As usual however, clues have been thrown out along the way this year via the event's (NSFW) poster and video trailer. More will be revealed at the pre-event BPX: The Black Party Expo & Bazaar.
Musically, the Black Party 2012 will be helmed by Japan's most successful DJ, Satorshi Tomiie, alongside hometown favorite Hector Romero and international duo Chus + Ceballo from Madrid.
When: Friday, March 23 2011, 8:00 p.m. (continuing till 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 24)
Where: Roseland Ballroom, 239 West 52nd Street (between Broadway and Eighth Avenue)
Tickets: $125 advance (general admission only, includes admission to BPX on Saturday); $140 door; $65 door for original Saint members (with card); $50 door after 9 a.m.; under 26 $45 door (if available), before 12:30 p.m. or after 4 a.m. only
Dress code: Heavy