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Have a gay ‘ol time

Plus: Got date? and What a Super Cr3w!

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Will The Closet measure up?

Have a gay ol’ time

It is perhaps the one thing missing from the current nightlife landscape—a gay night at a mainstream, on-Strip casino nightclub, an oversight CatHouse promoter Tiffany Masters and Localites.com’s Eduardo Cordova intend to address on Sundays beginning September 28. Taking a cue from LA’s Area, Hyde, The Falcon and Avalon—mainstream venues offering gay-friendly parties—CatHouse will open on Sundays for just such a night, called The Closet, “a weekly fashion boutique ultralounge,” says Cordova, “tailored to a gay-bisexual demographic yet welcoming to a metrosexual straight audience.” Not so much girls teasing one another with feathers before a pack of frat boys as it is ripped, shirtless bartenders, body glitter, fierceness, fabulousness and flawlessness. Oh, and the DJ is gay, to boot.

The evening will feature, from 10 p.m. to midnight, a romantic, sexy lounge atmosphere in CatHouse’s Loungerie. At midnight, expect the energy to increase, bottle service to begin and fashionable crowds to move to the sounds of everything from house to today’s hottest music. “I have always wanted to do this!” says Masters, who also oversees CatHouse’s Vanity Wednesdays. A youth spent clubbing in Kansas City and San Francisco left an impression on Masters—that the best music and vibes can always be found at a city’s gay clubs. But proximity to the Strip has turned Masters off to Vegas’ Fruit Loop; she wants her night to take center stage!

“I’m so ready to tap into a new challenge, and I know this will be one of the most successful adventures I’ve ever been on,” glows Masters. CatHouse’s Nick Landazuri agrees: “I think this concept has appeal to a very wide audience … I think it works for a high-fashion-oriented crowd. The space itself is very fun and sexy and intimate. We’ve always enjoyed working with a wide variety of groups.” Therefore, at The Closet, everyone in it, outside of it or wearing something from it will be welcome to enjoy fashion shows and a low-pressure, playful, accepting atmosphere.

The September 28 soft opening of The Closet will also celebrate the launch of LocalitesMan.com and Cordova’s birthday. The following week, The Closet’s grand opening (don’t worry, we’re still chuckling) will be hosted by Jeffrey Sanker and Instinct magazine and feature an Aussiebum underwear fashion showcase; Sanker’s infamous Columbus Day weekend White Party afterparty will take place on Sunday, October 12, at The Closet.

Got Date?

With adolescent awkwardness and popularity contests out of the way, it’s time to give prom (yet) another chance. No more worrying about money, how you’ll get to the dance, if someone will wear the same outfit, finding a date and wondering if they want to “do it”… Now that we think about it, some things never change. At least this time, spiking the punch is encouraged!

The Fourth Annual Vegas Prom is on September 29 at Bare Pool Lounge, with proceeds benefiting the Shade Tree Foundation. A Plexiglas dance floor will cover the pool and transform the outdoor venue into the prom you always wish you had. And get ready for shameless self-promotion, because the Prom Court nominations are in, and LVW’s Team Hangover has received multiple nods, though admittedly they are likely from one another. Xania Woodman—the self-proclaimed Susan Lucci of Vegas Prom—is once again (fourth time’s a charm?) nominated for queen, plus a nod for best eyes. Nightlife contributor Jack Colton snagged a nod for king, and Deanna Rilling is keeping her fingers crossed for the princess tiara (reserved for industry newbies).

Discounted rooms at the Mirage and dinner at Stack are still available, and the afterparty, complete with a video-yearbook tribute, will take place at Jet. For more information and to vote (for us … pretty please?), visit vegasprom.com.

What a Super Cr3w!

MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew announced Season 2’s winners last month, and it’s no surprise here that dancers from Vegas took home top honors. Together for approximately eight years, Super Cr3w combines the talents of three other dance crews: Full Force, Battle Monkeys and Knucklehead Zoo.

Looking at the menagerie of dancers that makes up the winning crew, you may spot the competitors from the nightclub scene. “We all used to dance at Body English and House of Blues,” says Weskravin (aka Wesley Gatbonton) of Full Force and Super Cr3w. “All members can be found at pretty much every local b-boy event,” he adds.

Super Cr3w will reunite for the America’s Best Dance Crew tour on October 17 at Vegas’ own Orleans Arena. For more information, visit myspace.com/supercrewbboys.

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