Lala Brooks and the Crystals; Michael Alig Update – BlackBook
By Steve Lewis , November 15, 2013
My Saturday will be spent in Brooklyn, I am RSVP’d at the Banzaii!!!!! event that Muffinhead and Eric Schmalenberger are presenting at Red Lotus (893 Bergen St.). At one point I must whisk myself away to Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave.). There I will attend the huge New York Night Train Soul Clap and Dance Off with Reigning Sound and special guest Lala Brooks of the Crystals (Then He Kissed Me, Da Doo Ron Run). This is a must see/hear. The A-Bones and Bloodshot Bill fill the bill. This will be followed by my favorite DJ not named Paul Sevigny, and that’s Jonathan Toubin. He puts on a show with 45 RPM records and I’ll spend my time shakin’ or Shazaming. There is a dance contest with Billy and Miriam from Norton Records with a $100 cash prize and a Metropolis Vintage Shopping spree. If all this doesn’t make sense to you, I guess you’re living in some rent controlled L.E.S. apartment or in one of those nouveau dormitories for slaves that they build every day. I’ll have dinner at Hope Garage (163 Hope Street) or Bozu (296 Grand Street) and at the end of the night walk home in the crisp air.
Tuesday the two-year anniversary of Sons Of Essex (133 Essex Street) will be celebrated. Pete Rock will perform. This is an early (7 p.m. – 11 p.m.) RSVP type event so wrangle your way in or come later on for the fun. I worked last night DJing at Hotel Chantelle and could not attend the soiree for my dear friend Heather Hunter who celebrated her HunterGlam.com Digital Magazine at HK (405 West 39th St.). Michael K. Williams, currently a favorite as Chalky White on Boardwalk Empire(previously the amazing Omar Little on The Wire) was hosting. There were a bevy of Hunter Glam models on hand as was DJ Envy. I was DJ Envious because I couldn’t make it.
My Wednesday was spent driving the five hours to the Elmira Correctional Facility and back to visit Michael Alig. I was accompanied by Victor Corona and my gal Amanda Noa. There isn’t much to report on this front except to say that Michael is in great shape mentally and physically. Over the years I have been hyper-critical of my friend regarding his long hard journey back to society. I am happy to report that Michael has seemingly purged his demons and is armed with remorse and dedication and gobs of creativity as he awaits the inevitable end of his incarceration. In the past I have covered all the bases about Angel and dotted all the i’s on the rights and wrongs of things. Today I won’t go there, I’ll only offer that I do hope to see him soon without the road trip.