BlackBook Party Tonight, One Of NYC’s Biggest Party Nights Tomorrow

‘Tis the season to be confused as too many events attempt to wash away the memory of the storm that nearly washed us all away and continues to define the lives of so many. The Sandy events will culminate in that Paul McCartney, Bruce, Bon Jovi, Who, Roger Waters, Kanye, Alicia Keys, etc., etc., etc. thingy at the Garden on December 12. I wonder if Kanye will complain about Paul McCartney’s billing or something like that. Kanye is doing three shows at Revel in AC for New Year’s weekend for those who do that.

A couple years ago, New Year’s Eve nights were defined by how long the open bars were and what kind of music was played. DJs are still the stars, but it’s great to see mega, super-duper, uber acts raising the good time bar. I can’t believe its Thanksgiving already. The storm seemed to wipe away the calm before the holiday storm. Up is down and down is up and gee, I have to pay rent already? Uptown comedy club Stand Up NY is taking its show on the road tonight with a one-off (which I’m guessing will eventually turn into a two-off or more) at Hair of the Dog, 168 Orchard St. at Stanton. A whole lot of great comics will bring cheer to your holiday starting at 6pm. You can get tickets here.

My Thursday rock and roll DJ gig at Hotel Chantelle with Sam Valentine is canceled due to turkey festivities, but it’s being pushed forward to Wednesday, tomorrow night. Hope those rockers get the message. 

Tonight, BlackBook has teamed up with Stoli for a Mixers and Shakers event at the Thompson LES on Allen Street. I hear the new hotel they are doing by City Hall is wonderful. I never get invited to these BlackBook things and I’m getting paranoid about it. I’m gonna crash it. Flash my column or something to the intern at the door. 

The confusing-on-purpose Murray Hill and his cohort Linda Simpson will make their Monday night BINGO extravaganza extra-extraordinary this coming Monday again at Hotel Chantelle with a joint birthday celebration. I, of course, never miss a BINGO and I am considering turning pro. I even had BINGO tattooed on my shoulder a couple months ago. I roll like that. 

Tomorrow night, the night before Thanksgiving, is traditionally one of the biggest nights of the year. Many have four or more days off work looming, and many are traveling in to dine with friends and relatives. Many places let college kids take over as they are flush with holiday loot. Others know their patrons will be absent for a moment or more as the snowbirds flock south to mark the Miami season and try to grab all the gusto and cash from them before they leave. Big DJs and quality entertainment abound, but call to see if the joints you usually like haven’t sold out to the frat-boy set. 

So if this is Thanksgiving, then December must be near and I am in no way ready for December. I must remind you as you feast and celebrate that many of our neighbors are still climbing out of the mud. Find time to help, donate, and contribute.

Natural Disasters & Drag Queen Bingo at Stand-Up NY

It’s looking real dark out there. Tonight may be your last night to party, as Hurricane Irene is promising weather realness. One club owner with a huge event on Saturday was contemplating canceling the affair, and may be moving it until next Friday. I’ll keep you posted. Meanwhile, all over town saloonkeepers are discussing cutting staff or closing altogether. We here in the Big Apple usually poo-poo these natural phenomena, as way too many false alarms have made us feel impervious to such events.

And yet the winter blizzards are still on our minds and this ginormous storm seems to have us in her sights. I can’t recall a good experience involving an Irene. The earthquake last week made us tough guys seem a little more vulnerable to Mother Nature’s whims. My favorite spiritualist says these things happen in threes…earthquake, hurricane—what could be next? Locusts? Meteorite showers? I scoured the internet for a clue and came to the conclusion that tonight’s Drag Queen Bingo at Stand-Up NY might just be the perfect storm. It might be that number three.

Stand-Up NY sits way up there at W. 78th Street. Linda Simpson will host her Bingo soiree starting at 10:30pm. I rarely venture north of 23rd Street, which is the new 14th Street, but I will surely attend. This will be a blast. Her Bingo with Mr. Murray Hill on Mondays at the Bowery Poetry Club continues to sell out and I am an irregular there.

The case of the Russian patrons buying 90 bottles of high end champagne and lots of other spirits at the infamous Billionaires Club in Sardinia — and then skipping out on the bill — must also be spurring management meetings all over town. The bill of 86,000 Euros, which I think is the equivalent of $125,000 (depending on how many bucks the Fed decides to print), has the Sardinian paramilitary police all in a tiff. The bill was guaranteed to a yacht, the Kismet, and all that, but it seems the joint is just going to have to Kiz’ those Euros goodbye. I read that they were just one group of many blowing through loot, spraying champagne on each other, and their antics didn’t raise an eyebrow. A bunch of young dudes spending 86,000 Euros on grape juice and nobody pays particular attention? And there are artists starving in Bushwick….The perps were described as “eight young Russians.” Be on the lookout! This may turn out to be a good thing, as I bet many a promoter type might be thinking of packing their bags and heading to Sardinia to get in on the action. Last night I told one such promoter fellow that I had actually visited Sardinia once. Wondering if they had the amenities he had become accustomed to, he asked me, “Oh, how did you find it?” I told him, “I made a right at Corsica.” Bada bing! I know, I know, you’ve heard that one before. Stick around and you’ll hear it again. I’ll be here all week, unless I drown.