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Industry Bar to Open This Fall in NYC Hell's Kitchen

IndustryI know that many of you fellow New Yorkers will be happy to hear that there is a new watering hole opening, this one coming from my friend Bob Pontarelli, who is a veteran producer of gay nightlife in Manhattan.

Industry, a new bar from Pontarelli and Stephen Heighton, the duo behind Crowbar, Barracuda, Leshko's Restaurant and Elmo Restaurant, will be opening in the coming weeks.

The bar, which is opening on 52nd street between 8th and 9th avenue, is built on the site of a former parking garage.

Says Heighton: "The size of the space was instantly appealing. It was an opportunity and a challenge too good to pass up. We've kept the natural feel of the space which is very masculine and has a lot of elements from the machine age. There is an inherent cool factor in the space that you would find in the clubs of Berlin or Barcelona."

For those of you who are interested, they've also sent along the bar's floor plan, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Watch: The Saint, Remembered


Legendary NYC nightclub The Saint opened thirty years ago this week, on September 20, 1980. To mark that anniversary, The Saint at Large is releasing a series of oral histories on the club. Its first features DJs Robbie Leslie and Michael Fierman.


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Atlanta Black Gay Pride Organizer, Traxx Owner, Shot and Killed

Durand Robinson, co-owner of Atlanta's nightclub Traxx and an organizer of the city's Black Gay Pride celebration, was found shot dead in the middle of Hadlock Street early Wednesday morning, the Journal Constitution reports:

Robinson "According to Atlanta police dispatchers, a resident in the 1700 block of Hadlock Street called 911 about 1:30 a.m. to report that she heard a loud scream, looked outside and saw a man lying in the middle of the street. Investigators have not determined a motive for the shooting, but Atlanta police said that Robinson got in an argument with someone shortly before shots were fired. Robinson lived in Decatur and co-owned Traxx, on Columbia Drive in DeKalb County."

A candlelight vigil will pay tribute to Robinson, according to Black Gay Pride organizers, on September 1.

Project Q Atlanta reports:

"Family and friends told WSB that Robinson may have been the victim of an attempted carjacking, but Atlanta police say investigators have not determined a motive or named a suspect in the shooting."

David Archuleta's Twitter Panic: Don't Worry, I'm Not Gay

David Archuleta took to Twitter last night after a report was published that he had been spotted at NYC's gay nightspot Club 57, despite the fact that the report acknowledged that he was only there to see dance artist Charice perform:

"So, was David bumping and grinding with some steamy Dominican muscle man? Hardly. David was there with his friend Charice, who performed a dance remix of her current hit single, 'Pyramid' at the coveted 1:30 a.m. spot. Reportedly, however, Charice and her entourage, which included David and his old band mate Eli, did do something terribly scandalous after the performance: They went to a local Pinkberry for ice cream."

Wrote Archuleta: "Mental note to self: always ask where before you go! Wasn't my kind of place lol, and I had no clue! I guess you live and learn."

He later added: "I wouldn't get into things like that intentionally haha."

And finally, "I didn't want you guys to be worried so had to let you know the facts."

Presumably Archuleta has a lot of gay fans. It's too bad he considers being thought of as gay something to freak out about."

Gay Nightclub Burns in Downtown Jackson, Mississippi

Firefighters responded early this morning to a blaze at Dick and Jane, a gay nightclub in downtown Jackson, Mississippi:

Jackson "WLBT was first on scene of the fire, which started just before 5 o'clock Monday morning. Fire officials blocked off Capitol Street for nearly two hours while they worked to control the blaze and investigate the cause. The street reopened just before 7 AM Monday. Officials said they were able to get the blaze under control fairly quickly. Division Chief R.D. Simpson said it appears the fire began in the center of the building, near the serving area. Simpson said no one was inside when the fire began, and no one was injured. The nightclub's owner said officials told him he may be able to reopen the club by this weekend, but he had not yet seen the inside for himself because firefighters were still working the scene."

Officials have not released any information as to the cause of the fire, though one official said he did not think it was linked to a string of recent fires in downtown Jackson.

NYC Bars Sign on for Two Day Benefit Event


Peter Dunn at 'Drinking for a Change' writes us: "On March 19th and 20th, fifteen of the most popular gay and lesbian bars across the city will be Drinking for a Change and encouraging patrons to donate a-dollar-a-drink to LGBT-focused not-for-profits. By focusing on small donations on a mass scale, Drinking for a Change aims to engage a greater portion of the LGBT community and its allies around the causes that matter to them. Their first weekend on March 19th and 20th will collect a dollar-a-drink for The Empire State Pride Agenda, The Ali Forney Center and the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, three prominent LGBT-focused not-for-profits in New York. With no paid staff and minimal expenses, nearly one hundred percent of the money collected will go directly to the charities.

Said Kevin Forsyth the group’s founder: "The idea Drinking for a Change was inspired by the Church, quite frankly. Faith-based donations played a huge role in passing Prop 1 in Maine and Prop 8 in California, which stripped marriage rights away from same-sex couples. Every week, you give your five dollars. Whether it goes to fixing the roof or fixing America's morals is irrelevant, you just know your beliefs and lifestyles are being protected. Why can't gay people and their friends have that? We may not have gay church, but we do have gay bars."

Visit the group's website here.


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