Celebrating Frankie Sharp’s ‘Cuntiness:’ Westgay at Westway’s One-Year Anniversary

Tonight, the impossible will be celebrated. A year ago, when Frankie Sharp started his WESTGAY party at Westway (75 Clarkson at the West Side Highway), there was a lot of experienced competition, and it seemed impossible that WESTGAY would survive. Frankie’s attitude which was – according to many, a bit too "cunty" – defined "experienced" as "old" and established as tired. His go-go boys were sleazier, his music harder, and the new generation embraced him and the night as the next big thing. Tonight is going to be special.

I’m a bit experienced and established and don’t talk-the-talk like the young studs, so I’ll let them say it in their own WESTGAY way:

"MOMMY WOW!!! IM A BIG CUNT NOW!

WERE SINGING HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR FUCKING SELVES CAUSE ITS BEEN A WHOLE FUCKING YEAR, CAN YOU FUCKING EVEN BELIEVE IT!!!

AND LOOK WHAT WE HAVE IN STORE!!!!!

A LIVE PERFORMANCE AND DJ SET BY JESSICA 6 W/ NOMI RUIZ.

MAJOR LATE NIGHT SHOW BY BANJEE REPORT!!!!!!

AND AS ALWAYS AND FOREVER – RESIDENTIAL DJ REALNESS: NITA AVIANCE & JONJON BATTLES

SO, LIKE, CAN YOU EVEN?

****YOUR WESTGAY KISSING CUCKOO COUSINS****

CUPCAKE REALNESS UNIQUENESS NERVE & TALENT: AMY CAKES

WESTGAY SISTERS OF DEVASTATION: HOUSE OF LADOSHA

FLAWLESS BODY & FACE STARS: THE ONES

RAVING TIL DAWN: AARON KOLFAGE AND @TOP8FRIENDS

GIRL GOING TO SCHOOL (HILLMAN COLLEGE): JULIANA HUXTABLE

 

GOGO BIRTHDAY BOYS BOUNCING AND BANGING EVERYTHING IN SIGHT:

THE MEATBALLS

VINNY VEGA

ARDEN

TERZIAN

ROWAN

MIGUEL

 

BACKROOM WHOREDEN:

SCOOTER (CUBCAMP/TORONTO)

PAPARAZZO: SANTIAGO FELIPE

 

$10 AT THE DOOR OR FLASH MARKUS YOUR OWN BIRTHDAY SUIT

 

$6 FROZEN FLIRTINI SPECIALS ALL NIGHT LONG!!!!

$10 FUUUUUUCKTINIS (FLIRTINIS W/ SHOT) THEY TASTE LIKE FUCKING OTTER POPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

You get the idea. No one passed the baton to Frankie Sharp. He didn’t even grab it from their hands. He decided to redefine the scene and, one year later, we can all celebrate his "cuntiness." Omg I’m there.

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Riff Raff’s 1 Year Anniversary, and Commune Hotels and Resorts’ Newest Addition

The three-day weekend that seems so long ago has me confused about what day it is. I can’t decide if it feels like Wednesday or Friday, but it can’t be Thursday…can it? The beautiful weather has me itching and scratching to go out. It has lurched my cabin fever into spring fever. My 30-minute DJ stint at Lit Lounge’s 10-year anniversary also confused my schedule. Of course I’m on tonight at Hotel ChantelleJustine "D" Delaney was scheduled to go on after me, and we caught up before in a big way as dude after dude played impossible tracks to a spectacular crowd of downtown denizens of the deep art/rock world. Justine told me of her recent engagement and showed me the ring and introduced me to the doctor she snagged. Nice guy. We reminisced about working together at Life and then Spa. She would come in during the day to chat or pick up a check and I’d turn on the sound system and we would put on records (remember those?) and annoy the staff as we explored the old sounds. After our sets, I retreated into the Fuse Gallery to hang with Erik Foss and his crew. I met amazing folks including artist Joe Heaps Nelson, whose show "This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things" opens at Fuse on February 25th. Lit lives and thrives, entering its second decade because it feels like home to so many of us. Foss joked that he was going to try to go another 10 without renovating and I agreed. You don’t fix things that are perfectly imperfect.

The weather allowed me to don my old leather jacket which, like Lit and maybe Foss and myself, is becoming more perfectly imperfect as time goes by. Amanda and I talked of Oscars and where we might go to watch it. The Darby has a big dinner/viewing thing going on and there are always friends’ house parties. I haven’t seen The Artist and will tomorrow, for sure. I loved The Descendents, and Hugo was a masterpiece, but for me The Tree of Life is just gorgeous.

I wanted to check out Riff Raff’s celebrating its year anniversary. I have never been and really want to. Riff Raff’s is part of Fourth Wall Restaurants and owned by Michael Stillman. Fourth Wall owns and operates The Hurricane ClubQuality MeatsMaloney & PorcelliSmith & WollenskyThe Post HousePark Avenue Seasons, as well as nightlife venue Riff Raff’s. Those are great joints and I am interested in meeting Michael who, at a very young age, has built this impressive empire.

Last but certainly not least for today’s spew… Salvatore Imposimato my dear friend who did such an amazing job at Morgans Hotel Group has a new and very exciting gig. Light Group moved into Morgans, and Sal has moved on to be the executive director of entertainment for Commune Hotels and Resorts. Sal sent me this:

"Commune Hotels and Resorts is a collective, uniting two different hotel brands, Thompson Hotels and Joie de Vivre, into a truly independent, multi-platform company. Our mission is to offer our guests a wide range of eclectic, local and inventive experiences in authentic settings, without the bureaucracy that a big brand imposes. Nothing short of revolutionary, our ethos is about individuality, community, locations that are authentic to their environment, and the kind of exceptional service that makes travel unforgettable."

He starts April 1st as he has another baby due, any second. I dined at The Darby last week with my Amanda and his lovely wife Andrea. We asked for a table for four and 8/9th’s but of course that seemed cleverer before it was said. Andrea was the door girl at the Boom Boom Room before she blew up (with baby). She worked with me at my doors for years. She is beautiful, bright, and amazing and I am curious if this second child will finally get her out of nightlife.

Thompson Hotels, with Sal programming entertainment, will be wonderful and a fixture in this column’s must-attend events listings. The company has 40 plus properties in its portfolio. Congratulations Sal and Commune!