It's about to get dark in NYC! The annual Black Party rolls into town again this weekend (for the 34th time!), bringing its own special combination of kink, depravity and oh-so-gay freak show. BPX: The Black Party Expo gets things started with a bang this Friday. On March 22, a weekend-long series of events takes over Roseland Ballroom (239 West 52nd Street), including a Hard Fashion Show, featuring models from Cocky Boys and a performance from singer Billie Ray Martin at 9 pm. This will be followed by the Hookies: The 2013 International Escort Awards, presented in association with Rentboy and hosted by drag star Sharon Needles at 11 pm. This year, honors are being doled out in 15 categories, including Best Newcomer, Best Daddy and the night's top prize, Mr. International Escort 2013.
On Saturday, directrix Mr. Pam hosts a Dirty Carnival from noon to 7pm. Porn models, live acts, carnival games and more will entertain fans, and you can also shop for porn (anyone still buy porn!?), sex toys, fetish wear and erotic art. It all pops later that night, when the Saint at Large pulls out all the stops for the Black Party. (Porn stars Heath Jordan and Spencer Reed are pictured below at last year's event.) This year's theme is "Rough Trade at Luna Park." No idea what that means, but DJs Ryan Smith, Tom Stephan, Honey Dijon and Boris From Berlin are set to spin. For more info, visit BlackPartyExpo.com.