To walk into Five Ring
Circuit on the Friday night of
Winter Party Festival 2009
was to feel as if perhaps you had slipped into a time warp leading
you back to the fall of the Berlin Wall—and into those labyrinthine
warehouse raves that proliferated during the collapse of the Eastern
bloc. What was once Metropolis and is now
discotekka was a maelstrom
of music emanating from no less than eleven deejays in five distinct
rooms. The cavernous space was packed with happy snowbirds from all
over the Northeast and northern Europe flitting about, trying out
each room for size like Goldilocks and her three bear chairs.
Meanwhile, Ringmaster Flavio Nisti, clearly channeling the Marvel
Comics hypnotizing supervillain—and Britney, directed traffic with
his white gloves and his usual ambisexual gusto.
In one room, there was
Lydia Prim, and in
another room was
Manny Lehman, and in
Wendy Hunt and
tag-teamed—while in the front room, there was
Sometimes it’s not only about size—sometimes it’s about placement.
Joe G. had the room
usually used for discotekka’s gay weekends, the room with soulful
Joe G. took to this
booth like it was a second home—and the snowbirds landed there, and
stayed. And there was every reason for their positioning, given how
Joe G. was playing.
Something to do with some lyric about being bigger, better,
Joe G. was precisely
that. It was a thrilling performance to witness, a revelatory
set—and to see the boys responding was to see
Joe G. happy and
smiling. A pleasure to witness and a joy to partake—and especially
when the boys got wind of Britney’s “Just Like A Circus,” and
Beyonce’s “Diva,” as well as “Dreams” and “Listen” and “I Want
Candy,” all of which sent them into overdrive.
Meanwhile, over on a white leather couch, Ringmaster Flavio and
DJ Tracy Young were
in deep sister mode, while
Chyna Girl arrived
Omar, and then there
Power Infiniti, ever
graceful and gracious, and Corey Hill from Gotham, and
Joe Caro and Michael
Circuit Dancer 2.0, and really, it felt as if everyone made an
appearance at Five Ring Circuit. For in the end, who doesn’t love a
big top—and what’s a bigger circus than our LGBT community during
Winter Party Festival?