From Nightlife Awards to CMJ: It’s Going to be a Busy Week of Parties

I’m very excited about the 9th AnnualPaper Nightlife Awards—which, on paper, looks like a hell of a good time. They’re stepping up big time with talk show heroine Chelsea Handler hosting and Ciara, who graces the September cover, will perform . The gala is this Thursday October 17th at Marquee (289 10th Avenue.) DJ Kitty Cash will fill in the blanks.

The categories include: Best Party, Best Club Night, Best Bar, Best DIY Space, Best Restaurant with a Nightlife Scene, Best Club Song, Best Hotel With a Nightlife Scene, Best New Club, Best Indie Designer with a Nightlife Influence, Best DJ, Best Nightlife Personality and Best Night To Go Out. That last category confuses me—is it the same as Best Club Night? Do they give an award to …Thursday’s? Who accepts the award? Paper has always been around—like 29 years now. The nightclub scene can be seen like flash cards by exploring the covers of the hundreds of magazines that they have put out with pride and that Paper vision. They have always remained true to their school and have been rewarded with viability over decades.

Their press release says it so eloquently I decided not to change a word: “Over 29 years of experience has made PAPER one of the most credible, authentic and organic brands in the business. As a style leader, PAPER aims to explore pop culture just beyond the scope of the mainstream in order to expose our readers to the groundbreaking ideas that will influence the trends of tomorrow. PAPER is an indispensible style, cultural and entertainment guide catering to our highly influential audience. For the past 17 years, PAPERMAG.com has been the online source for those leading a lifestyle that revolves around music, fashion, nightlife and the arts.”

Friend of the family Rudy Temiz, and his band Bushwick Hotel, will be performing a CMJ showcase at the Bowery Electric Tonight at 9:30 P.M. There will be lots of other acts, but I don’t know them and this CMJ thing doesn’t really interest me all that much. Rudy will also have an event on Thursday, which conflicts with the Paper event and my DJ gig at Hotel Chantelle after—but is certainly worth mentioning. His art collective will have an opening reception called “Kevin Loves Catherine,” featuring the work of Kevin Marcell and Cathrine Westergaard at c24 Gallery (514 W 24th Street between 10th and 11th.) Actually, I’ll just sneak around after or during Marquee.There’s lots of stuff going on at this opening, including a screening of Catherine’s  never-before-screened “Graffiti of the Young Man’s Mind.” Rudy rolls deep. Wherever he is, I know there will be lots of bright and beautiful people and cool stuff to see. I’m there.

The world seems to be tilting me towards the mid-twenties a lot. Pernod has me heading to the NoMad Hotel (1170 Broadway at 27th Street) tonight. They’re teaming up with fashion/music label Maison Kitsune, releasing a limited addition Pernod Absinthe bottle. There will be cocktails and stuff, and a crowd I’m sure that will be unbeknownst to me. Me and the gal watched a bunch of Dracula movies last night for real and I’m totally in an Absinthe frame of mind, plus, I wanted to use unbeknownst in a sentence.   Last but not least, is the opening party for Bristle + Creme—a cool, cool hair and such salon (416 Third Avenue @ 30th Street.) They have a coffee bar as well. My old club friend, the beautiful Kin Vu, has toiled to make this happen, and she is wonderful, so it will be so.  The party has a live performances and DJs, and figures to be hot. However, it’s a private affair, so you may have to pull some strings. Try “Steve Lewis sent me.” That used to work.

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