It's about to get dark up in here, y'all. And we don't mean the impending death of the hateful Fred Phelps! (Yay!!!) The Black Party and all its attendant insanity are heading back to NYC--for the 35th time and the last time at Roseland Ballroom. So this one should be a real humdinger! But first, BPX: Black Party Expo kicks off the fun a couple of days in advance. (Model Jack Mackenroth and some leather piglets are pictured above at last year's event.) To start, there's an electronic installation and photo exhibit on Thursday, March 20, from 6 to 9 pm at the Out NYC Rosebud Bar (510 West 42nd Street) that features posters for all 42 events produced by The Saint At Large at Roseland from 1991 to 2014, as well as rare images from many of the events. Just think of all those years of depravity!
Then on Friday, March 21, it's time for the Eighth-Annual International Escort Awards (aka The Hookies) at BPM (516 West 42nd Street). Rentboy.com in association with BPX presents "the Oscars of escorting," which celebrate the best escorts and porn stars from around the world. This year, there are 15 categories, including Best Newcomer, Best Twink and (our favorite) Best Boyfriend Fantasy. The ceremony starts at 9 pm, and My Trip Down the Pink Carpet actor Leslie Jordan returns as host, with an assist from drag darling Shequida. For more information, visit thehookies.com.
On Saturday, March 22, from 11 am to 3 pm, check out Fine & Frisky Black Party Dining. Presented by The Saint at Large and host hotel Out NYC, this private event features a $25 bottomless Mimosa brunch, a classic Saint soundtrack and special "busboy service" at KTCHN Restaurant (508 West 42nd Street). Better eat up now, guys. You're gonna need your strength for later that night! For reservations, call 212-868-2999 and mention the Black Party.
Of course, all this leads to the main event--Rites XXXV: The Black Party unHoli Rites: A Ruined Paradise on Saturday, March 22, from 11 pm to Sunday afternoon at Roseland (239 West 52nd Street). This is one of gay NYC's biggest and most highly hyped events that offers notorious productions (sex shows!) and has a reputation for "cutting-edge innovation" (live fisting!) from the hottest performers and superstar DJs (this year, including Jason Kendig, Nita Aviance and Tom Stephan). For tickets and more information, go to blackparty.com.