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The party must go on
By KATHERINE VOLIN, Washington Blade
Jul 28, 2006, 08:04

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As club goers danced the night away during the final hours of VelvetNation, local gay promoters and bar owners were making plans for keeping gay nightlife alive in D.C.

Those who still long to dance the night away have a friend in a new gay dance event called Calor.

“We’re trying to fill a void that D.C. currently has for the GLBT community,” says Calor promoter Chris Wiggins. “I think that right now people are slowly looking for something new to do since Nation nightclub closed recently, which was basically where everyone was going. We’re looking to make people happy by giving them somewhere to go.”

Calor will be held at Fur nightclub, 33 Patterson St., NE, on a semi-regular basis, but the promoters have yet to announce how frequently the night will occur. The first event will be held on Sept. 3, the Sunday of Labor Day weekend from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tickets will be pre-sold online for $30 at or can be purchased at the door for $40.

“We’re having the event at D.C.’s most technologically advanced nightclub, Fur,” Wiggins says. “So [we’re] having the No. 1 mega-club and taking no prisoners as far as DJs are concerned and booking the talent that everyone wants to hear.”

DJ Dan De Leon, who played at local circuit party Cherry several years ago, will spin.

“He really blew people away with a sold-out house here, so we felt that he was a good choice to start everything off with,” Wiggins says.

Despite the name Calor, which is Spanish for heat, the event will not have a Latin theme.

“We picked it because we thought it was sexy,” Wiggins says about the name.

ALSO COMING THIS fall is Be Bar, 1318 9th St., NW, a gay bar and lounge in Shaw, which is tentatively scheduled to open Aug. 17.

“Every night is a theme night with dancing,” says Be Bar owner Mike Watson. The themes include an indie rock night on Tuesdays, a top 40 music video night on Thursdays and a high-energy dance remix night on Saturdays. The lounge features a dance floor, but Watson says he wants to offer more than just club dancing.

“We are not a nightclub,” Watson says. “We are a neighborhood tavern with a dance floor. You could liken us to a hotel bar.”

For those who don’t require booty shaking with their drinking, there is a new gay sports bar, Nellie’s, coming to town. Owner Douglas Schantz says the motto of Nellie’s, which can accommodate 500 patrons in its two floors and large rooftop deck, is “Where friends and sports fans are neighbors.”

Nellie’s, which is named after Schantz’s great-grandmother, is planning for an October opening. Those looking to dance will have to look elsewhere, however. A Monday Night Football party is planned, but so far, no dance parties.

STRAIGHT BAR AND restaurant Chloe moved its gay Thursday night to Saki, the bar next door owned by the same people, prior to ending it and replacing it with Boys R Us, which will be held on Sunday nights.

“We felt that it was a better night to have a party,” says Chloe manager Dan Doyle. “We had better turnout on Sunday nights [than Thursdays].”

There’s no cover charge for the event, which features $3 beer specials and $2 vodka drinks. Boys R Us, not surprisingly, is geared toward men. Doyle says the bar offers a monthly party for women, but hasn’t yet selected the date for August’s event.

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