Dancers Unite at New York City Hall to Repeal the Cabaret Law Thursday, September 14th 1pm

Dancers Unite at New York City Hall to Repeal the Cabaret Law
First Hearing on Bill Intro #1652 to Repeal the Cabaret Law

New York City Hall — On Sept 14th, at 1pm dancers, activists, and cultural supporters will pack NYC Council Chambers for the first hearing on legislation to repeal the 1926 No Dancing Cabaret Law. The Cabaret Law prohibits social dancing without a license–that is nearly impossible to get. As a result, there is a defacto ban on social dancing in NYC. This will be an afternoon of dancers, venue owners, and lovers of culture providing lively testimony on the problematic prohibition era law.

Repeal the Cabaret Law Now: City Hall Hearing
DATE / TIME: Sept 14, 2017 / 1:00 PM
LOCATION: New York City Hall, Council Chambers

For the first time, the City Council Committee on Consumer Affairs will be hearing testimony regarding intro #1652, which will repeal the Cabaret Law, while preserving safety measures. The bill was introduced by City Council Member Rafael Espinal. Currently, sixteen Council Members have signed on as co-sponsors. Testifying will be de Blasio administration officials, renown choreographer Mercedes Ellington, dancers, nightlife business representatives, and advocates for Cabaret Law repeal.

The Cabaret Law was created in 1926 to halt interracial dancing in jazz clubs and was used by Mayor Giuliani in his quality of life campaign to decimate NYC nightlife culture. There are currently fewer than 100 licensed spaces in all five boroughs. Today, arbitrary enforcement of the Cabaret Law by City and State enforcement agencies and task forces has lead to discriminatory practices.

We hope the hearing will:*Inform the Consumer Affairs Committee on the disastrous effects of the Cabaret Law on culture in New York City.*Make clear that noise, fire safety and other issues related to nightlife are already covered in existing ordinances
*Push the City Council to vote to repeal the Cabaret Law in the coming months.

About Let NYC Dance

Let NYC Dance is a coalition of dancers, musicians, DJs, artists, activists and organizations supporting local grassroots culture in New York City, coming together to repeal the Cabaret Law.

LetNYCDance Coalition Members and Speakers include:

Mercedes Ellington, choreographer and ballet, ballroom and tango dancer
NYC Artist Coalition:
Dance Liberation Network:
Dance Parade:
The People’s Cultural Plan:
House Coalition:
The Floasis:
Color of Change:
Legalize Dance:

Hearing Details:

*ssTricks Requests Your ‘Indugence’ at Madame X Wednesday, May 17th in NYC

(updated with photos from the event!)

DJ Michael Trotter
Hard Candy

The time has come and we invite you to relinquish your body, mind and soul to the
Head Master & Mistresses at the first official *ssTricks launch party!

Indulgence as you wish, be as free as your senses allow, celebrate a darker yet luxurious side of existence and reach far far left in an ordinance to properly titillate your senses.

Be stimulated by our interactive performers, quench your thirst on our creative libations and bask your body in the newest most opulent *ssTricks Couture Collection!

Head Master Jimmie Sprinkles
Head Mistresses
Bombazeen Bean
Tracy Von Becker-Legge

Ravishing Royal Guard:
Vinny Vega

Delectable Court Jesters:
Benn Mendoza
Albert TJ Santiago
Pedro Rangel

Gaze upon erotic photography by Chef Scottish Francis. His Depeche à la Mode series is based on his famous Master Chef donut creations and will be displayed in the Main Salon Gallery.

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The Annual Miami Beach Gay Pride Festival and Parade, Sky Hi Since 2012

Sky Hi Productions has been assisting the production of major community based events related to Miami Beach Gay Pride since 2012.  We have coordinatied with various teams to execute the envisioned yearly concept of the festival and the parade and serving as the conduit between essential bars, bartenders, business, charities, foundations and revelers both local and tourist.

Miami Beach Gay Pride is an extraordinary three-day event that features a Beach Party and a Festival & Parade with more than 125 LGBT-friendly vendors and businesses, exciting celebrities, musical performances, refreshments, food and a family-friendly play area.

Since its inception in 2009, Miami Beach Gay Pride has grown from a neighborhood event to an event on the global stage with A-list celebrities such as Mario Lopez, Elvis Duran, Iggy Azalea, Jordin Sparks, Gloria Estefan and Adam Lambert. Attendance has grown as well. An estimated 15,000 spectators turned out for the first Pride parade in 2009; an estimated 130,000 attended the event in 2016. In addition to Parade spectators, last April’s event included more than 70 parade contingencies, 35 floats and 3,000 participants.

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NY Public Library Transforms Into Philipp Plein’s Fashion Playground

Everything That Happened at Philipp Plein’s Insane Runway Show

Albert Urso/Stringer

Madonna! The Hot Felon! Pete Wentz the fashion model!

It was chaos from the start.

Hundreds gathered on the steps of the New York Public Library on Monday night to see what designer Philipp Plein had in store for his first showing at New York Fashion Week. The mob continued to grow, while impatient ticket holders pushed and prodded the security at the doors. The hold up? A traffic jam at the revolving door, as only one guest could enter at a time. Things only got more complicated from there.

Read on for the full breakdown of the designer’s whirlwind extravaganza.

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Take Back The Ball : A Night of Hope and Action Thursday, January 19th at Magic City Casino



– 6 Seats on a Private Jet to take you to the WOMEN’S MARCH on SATURDAY in Washington D.C.
– A WEEK in a fabulous 2 bedroom home in P-Town (SLEEPS 4)
– A WEEK in a gorgeous home in Telluride, CO (SLEEPS 10)

Entertainment to include:
Performance by: Miami Legend TIFFANY FANTASIA
Performance by: TLO IVY
Sultry Acrobatic Performance by: Kyle & Stephane

As this week’s end approaches and the surreal is becoming real, it is crucial that we work together to stand up for the America we believe in and to keep the voice of reason the the minds of those who have been elected to govern. What can we do? We have joined a group to organize an event which will bring us together. This isn’t the usual fundraiser; it’s a fight for the future of our democracy—it’s a night of “hope and action” and also a great party. All funds will go to three organizations already working towards these goals:
Americans for Immigrant Justice
and Planned Parenthood.

Tickets are now on sale and I hope you will support this event and help spread the word. Funds are being collected by The Miami Foundation. Follow the link to buy a ticket.
Price is $125. but we hope you make an additional donation. In “special donation notes-special instructions” put the number of tickets you would like.
Thanks for your support of these essential organizations.
See you at the PARTY!

Sky Hi Productions Meets Faena Arts During Art Basel Miami 2016


Assisted in producing a major Art Basel string of events, including “Tide by Side”, a processional art performance in the streets of Miami Beach, the creation and opening of the Faena Art Dome (Time Capsule) on the sands of Miami Beach, of which also hosted a Kendrick Lamar concert, a host of discussions led by Surfgace Magazine, as well as a tribute to Standing Rock


Artsy, SoundCloud, and Gucci Celebrate a Sensory Art Experience

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Photo: Courtesy Silvia Ros for Artsy

Art Basel enamored with virtual reality


Abra. (Photo by BFA).

Artsy, Gucci and SoundCloud Team Up for Trippy Night at Faena Dome

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photo courtesy of Artsy

Party Like an Art Star Under This Mind-Bending Virtual Dome in Miami

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photo by Chauncey Dandridge

PinesFest Art Preview Benefit for Hetrick Martin Institute Saturday, August 20th



Kick off benefit for the Pines Fest community of art.

11am-1pm Drink and Draw hosting “Lookers and Posers Nude Drawing”,
Join us in exploring the male nude and sip mimosas in a creative and casual environment.
$20 donation at the door
Proceeds to the Hetrick Martin Institute.
(please bring your own materials)

1pm-3pm Pines Fest Kick-Off Art Viewing Party
Meet local artists with works featured at Pines Fest and enjoy a cocktail around the pool (Free)
Proceeds from purchases benefit Hetrick Martin Institute

Get your tickets at

Music, Art & Community Unite Labor Day Weekend With PinesFest 2016


Witness the Power of Community as we create a new tradition this Labor Day weekend in Fire Island Pines.


A benefit for the Hetrick-Martin Institute, Pinesfest is a unique three-day music and arts festival set on the beach in Fire Island Pines. Pinesfest believes in The Power of Community. By creating an event that unites the community’s talents and creativity in one spectacular setting, we have created the ultimate hedonistic experience where everyone is welcome! Whatever your desire, you will find it at Pinesfest:


Dance the day into night with our incredible lineup of world-renowned DJs and live performances. Be inspired by specially commissioned art exhibitions. Participate in the plethora of family-friendly beach games. Stroll the beach arcade and make new friends. Indulge in cocktail bars with specialty frozen cocktails. Taste fine foods from a wide variety of local vendors. Or simply choose to relax in our VIP Glitter Beach Club which provides reserved chairs, towel service and super-exclusive cabanas for the ultimate luxury beach experience.


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Pinesfest is the three-day fundraiser festival unlike any other. Get your tickets today for this new Labor Day tradition!








Saturday, September 3, Noon – 10 PM


The Power of Community


  • Crazibiza
  • Ron Carroll
  • Diego Harispe
  • Dragonfly
  • Vito Fun
  • Fire Island Labor Day Weekend Drag Party
  • Beach Yoga




Sunday, September 4, Noon – 10 PM


Muscle Beach Party


  • The Cube Guys
  • Felipe Lira
  • Eric Abobo
  • Mr. Fire Island Contest hosted by Jim David
  • + More To Be Announced




Monday, September 5, Noon – 10 PM


Decades of Disco


  • Occupy The Disco
  • Robbie Leslie
  • Live Performance by Midnight Magic
  • Beach Yoga
  • + More To Be Announced




Venue Amenties:


  • Food & Drink Arcade
  • Beer & Wine Garden VIP Glitter Beach
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Joust Arena
  • Beach Dodgeball
  • Interactive Art Experience
  • Tarot Card Reading
  • + More To Be Announced




Proceeds from Pinesfest benefit Hetrick-Martin Institute and Fire Island Pines community organizations. The event will take place rain or shine. No refunds.










General Admission includes entry into the space, access to food and beverage vendors, and access to the beach games. Currently available only as a three-day pass. Individual day passes go on sale July 5, 2016.




VIP includes all of the above, plus a reserved beach chair with daily towel service inside Glitter Beach – yours to keep after the event. An elevated VIP area near the stage, access to private restrooms, plus express entry to skip the lines. VIP is available only as a three-day pass.




The Pinesfest House Experience comes in one of two forms:


An ultra premium cabana with prime location inside of Glitter Beach or luxurious reserved seating in the middle of the action on the dance floor.




The Pinesfest House Experience includes


  • 8 VIP passes
  • Hosting by your own personal cabana attendant
  • Daily complimentary bottle of your choice of liquor
  • Fresh fruit basket
  • Access to the elevated VIP area near the stage
  • Access to private restrooms
  • Express entry to skip the lines

Round Trip Party Bus From NYC to Pines Party Saturday, July 23rd via @Sharegurl!


Let Shequida Take You There!
Express Shuttle From NYC Directly To The Party!

Getting To Pines Party

Pines Party “ShareGurl Express Bus” from Manhattan

Don’t have a place to stay for Pines Party 2016? Don’t sweat it! Join us for a special ShareGurl Express Bus directly from Manhattan to the Pines for the Saturday night beach party. Dance the night through and hop on the roundtrip return to NYC on Sunday morning.

Includes ferry tickets, bag check at the Hotel by ShareGurl and complimentary cocktails on the bus while you pull those costumes together.

Departs from Hardware Bar (697 10th Ave 47/48th) on Saturday, at 10:30 PM sharp, to meet a special 12:15 AM ferry to the Pines. Return trip ferry leaves the Pines at 6:30 AM on Sunday morning with Express Bus back to Hell’s Kitchen. Seats are limited and tickets must be purchased in advance.


Pines Party 2016 Xanadu Promo Video from Fire Island Pines Party on Vimeo.

Available for purchase online at

Fire Island Water Taxi

For those staying in Cherry Grove, or taking a ferry to the Grove, you can walk on the beach (or through the Meatrack) to the Pines or take a water taxi. Fire Island Water Taxi will provide complimentary service on Saturday evening from the Grove to the Pines for Pines Party ticket purchasers. They will also provide a special 7am departure from the Pines to the Grove. Patrons will need to show proof of purchase, such as a wristband.

Special Ferries

In addition to ferries listed on, Pines Party will be running extra ferries between Sayville and the Pines:

Sunday 12:15 AM Sayville –> Pines

*Sunday 6:00 AM Sayville –> Pines

*for those going to Supernova: The Morning Party

Sunday 6:30 AM Pines –> Sayville

Long Island Railroad

Check with Long Island Railroad for schedules and fares to take the train from Penn Station to Sayville, or Ronkonkoma. Cabs are available from train stations to Sayville Ferry Terminal at 41 River Road, Sayville.


Enter For A Chance To Win A Mini Cooper And Help Support Four Fantastic LGBT Organizations!


Now is your chance to win a MINI Cooper 2 Door Hardtop (MSRP $22,800)!

To help raise money for LGBT charitable organizations, The Pines Foundation is selling raffle tickets for $100, with a maximum of 1,000 tickets to be sold. With just half the tickets sold to date, your chances of winning are high! The drawing will be held at the Pines Party closing party on Sunday, July 24th. You do not need to be present to win.

A model of the car is on display in the Pines harbor.

Money raised by the raffle will be allocated by The Pines Foundation as follows:

50% to be shared by The Pines Foundation and Stonewall Community Foundation25% to the Hetrick-Martin Institute25% to the Ali Forney Center






For more details on the MINI Cooper and to buy a raffle ticket go to