Alan Cumming, Bruce Weber, Susan Sarandon, at Susanne Bartsch’s

Today feels like the beginning of the sprint to the finish line. Christmas looms and New Years Eve a quick countdown behind that, and everyone is bustling. My retail friends look like my cokehead friends, and yes there is some overlap. My chic friends are saying things like “Mexico” and “Bali” and “See you next year” and I haven’t even made my list – let alone checked it twice. I’m sticking with my New Years resolution of the last two years: be friendlier to people I really like and discard those who annoy me or don’t cut it with me anymore. The shopping will be easy. Most people can be covered with a trip to one or two stores. Michelle Varian at the bottom of Crosby on Howard has a million cool things to cover all your bases. In Brooklyn, Milly and Earl has everything, including insanely chic small gifts for the home as well as cards and ornaments and knick knacks. Shopping, with a few exceptions, will take me an hour. There is much to be thankful for and much shopping to do, but before all that I’ll tell you what events I’m going to attend this coming week.

Tonight, seeing Jogyo at Webster Hall Studio is a must. He is performing with Dynasty Electric and Rhythm & Stealth. This past summer Dru (Jogyo) was senselessly attacked in broad daylight. He lost an eye, but he is recovering. He is performing and working on an album. His story is inspiring. Tuesday I am torn between Susanne Bartsch’s and David Barton’s Toy Drive, and Frankie Sharpe’s Westgat XXXMas party. I and always torn between Susanne and Frankie. The Susanne event is undeniable, with hosts Alan Cunning, Bette Midler, Bruce Weber, Calvin Klein, Debbie Harry, Hamish Bowles, Nan Bush, Narcisco Rodriguez, Rose McGowan, Steven Klein, Susan Sarandon and Valerie Steele. Joey Arias will perform and everyone’s favorite daddy Johnny Dynell will DJ. A new unwrapped toy (for kids of all ages, including teenagers) is required for admission. It’s at the Soho Grand (310 West Broadway) and goes from 1 p.m. ‘til 1 a.m. I mean, WOW! Frankies Westgay (75 Clarkson Street) soiree features guest DJ Taryn Manning of Orange is the New Black. This is always fun and a great spot after Susanne’s. If neither of these events floats your boat… don’t worry about it, I have friends like you too. I suggest Kid Capri, Grandmaster Flash and Jam Master Jay’s son TJ Mizell at the ever-wonderful Finale (199 Bowery). This is old school and you will smile and dance. Wednesday I only have eyes for Kayvon Zand and his merry band at Dorian Gray. A performance by Narcissister and a birthday bash for Jess Daly will bring them all out of the woodwork, out of the dark corners and shadows. This is my favorite weekly, and it has a fabulous home at Bowery Electric (327 Bowery at Joey Ramone Place.) Thursday I will DJ at the weekly Rock and Roll party at Hotel Chantelle. This has been so much fun of late. A great deal of my friends who don’t worship the rock Gods are heading to Input at Output (74 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn). There, George Fitzgerald, Walker and Royce and Michael Simonetti will provide the music. Another great choice is the opening of 303, a cool downstairs den at Louie and Chan (303 Broome Street). This is going to be hot, and I’ll get you more details in the next couple days. Friday I will be at Manitoba’s, dive bar-ing. I’ll probably shop all day and see the new Hobbit flick. The 2nd Annual Pimp ‘n’ Ho Ho Ho Holiday Bash from Craig Clemans will be held at a still secret location. I missed last year but was told it was great fun. This year’s party will benefit Feeding America. Saturday, The Dirty Pearls will absolutely sleigh it at their Christmas Show at Irving Plaza (17 Irving Place). Brian Newman and Breedlove and many more will join them. There will be an after party at Arlene’s Grocery.

Photo: Steven Menendez

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