- By Mark Thompson and Robert Doyle | Jan 24Alegria Tribal is Ric Sena’s annual paean to all things tribal - and with the King of Tribal, Paulo, (aka Lord of the Drums) on the decks, along with Eddie Elias, New York’s latest after-hours king, Pacha was a jungle of sexy, tribal house music.
- By Mark Thompson and Robert Doyle | Sep 10For ten years, Alegria has dominated the New York club scene with its marathon events that are equal parts theatrical production, dance music summits, and family reunions.
- By Mark Thompson and Robert Doyle | Jul 8Voted Best National Party of 2009 by EDGE Media Network, Alegria Pride is, for many, the definitive NYC Pride party-and there was widespread concern that when M2, the former home of Alegria, was shuttered by the authorities, Alegria would be left homeless
- By Mark Thompson and Robert Doyle | Jun 4It was the opium den of your fantasy: a bordello-red pleasure dome hung with gargantuan Chinese lanterns and a green dragon so serpentine he required dissection above the dance floor-and yet still that dragon breathed fire, for this was Alegria and this party was smoking. The recent closure of Alegria’s home, M2, forced Alegria producer, Ric Sena, to find a new locale for his much-loved party-but just as Kublai Khan built his Shang-tu, the Alegria family found their Xanadu at Pasha for Alegria Memorial Day.
- Jun 4It was the opium den of your fantasy: a bordello-red pleasure dome hung with gargantuan Chinese lanterns and a green dragon so serpentine he required dissection above the dance floor-and yet still that dragon breathed fire, for this was Alegria and this party was smoking. The recent closure of Alegria’s home, M2, forced Alegria producer, Ric Sena, to find a new locale for his much-loved party-but just as Kublai Khan built his Shang-tu, the Alegria family found their Xanadu at Pasha for Alegria Memorial Day.
- Sep 10For ten years, Alegria has dominated the New York club scene with its marathon events that are equal parts theatrical production, dance music summits, and family reunions.
- Mar 23Like an outtake from a Hollywood war movie (post-DADT), the floor of Alegria Xtreme X was packed with a sea of handsome young military recruits and their commanding officers. These were faces so classically chiseled as to evoke Thirties screen stars such as Errol Flynn and Gary Cooper-men whose beauty was captured by photographers like Horst and Cecil Beaton. From sailors to infantrymen, to men in kilts and camouflage, every branch of the all-gay armed forces was represented-and rarely has a platoon looked more alluring (and none of them were asking-and all of them telling).
- By Mark A. Thompson and Robert E. Doyle | May 17It was the last weekend of April 2000. In Washington, nearly a million LGBT people converged on the Capitol for the Millennium March. For many people, the highlight of that historic weekend in D.C. was the afterparty at the Post Office Pavilion. Produced by a visionary Brazilian with a background in theatrical production, the party was a major success and immediately became the template for what would become one of the most popular parties around the world. The man behind the magic that night was Ric Sena.
- By Mark Thompson and Robert Doyle | Mar 23Like an outtake from a Hollywood war movie (post-DADT), the floor of Alegria Xtreme X was packed with a sea of handsome young military recruits and their commanding officers. These were faces so classically chiseled as to evoke Thirties screen stars such as Errol Flynn and Gary Cooper-men whose beauty was captured by photographers like Horst and Cecil Beaton. From sailors to infantrymen, to men in kilts and camouflage, every branch of the all-gay armed forces was represented-and rarely has a platoon looked more alluring (and none of them were asking-and all of them telling).
- Feb 17Ric Sena’s legendary NYC party brought Joe Gauthreaux and Eddie Elias back to the music decks @ M2 this Sunday, when sharing the love meant more than just a party - the show partly benefitted the American Red Cross’ efforts to bring relief to Haiti. EDGE has the photos!
- Dec 29Due to heightened security concerns in the US, Santa’s sleigh couldn’t make it to Alegria to deliver the décor-but in the end, what did it matter? As we’ve all learned in a miserable economy, what are a few less presents under the tree when we’re surrounded by family? As it was, Alegria New Year’s Holiday delivered a streamlined, sleek package of a party that showcased the latest sounds in the evolution of the musical maestros DJs Tony Moran and Abel.
- By CHRISTINA HOAG | Sep 17The city is considering holding a Go-Go Dancer Appreciation Day this fall to honor the club "groovers" who helped establish the Sunset Strip as a hub of hipness in the 1960s, and whose successors lend an edgy energy to its gay bars today.
- Sep 25The 21st annual DIVAS Simply Singing! for a 21st century cure for HIV/AIDS promises to be another night not to be missed! Actress, activist and the show’s creator Sheryl Lee Ralph is happy to announce the all-star line up.
- By Tony Reverditto | Oct 22It is an ideal destination for travelers, business guests and So Cal residents as it is just minutes from West L.A.’s beach communities.
- By Tony Reverditto | Nov 13Memphis serves up a distinctive modern gourmet interpretation of Southern homestyle cooking in a casual, yet efficient setting-all made possible by the blending of the talented trio of Dan Bradley, Diego Velasco and Andy Christenson.
- Dec 3The agency will rename its flagship food pantry network, also the nation’s largest, as "Vance North Necessities of Life Program" in honor of donors’ late son.
- By Sylvia Rodemeyer | Dec 3When you’re making a list and checking it twice this holiday season, make your shopping experience extra special by doing your gift search at Divine Design.
- By Mark Thompson and Robert Doyle | Nov 2They had their marathon-and we had ours-and let’s all admit it right now: the circuit marathon is a helluva lot more fun and fabulous than running 26 miles from Staten Island. Why? Because, number one, we were dancing for 26 miles-and number two, because the finish line was Alegria-and we all know that the final leg of the marathon is the best, and particularly when you cross the threshold into Ric Sena’s Alegria @ M2 where collective joy reigns.
- By Mark Thompson and Robert Doyle | Sep 8Welcome to the USA, Mr. Renato Cecin! And please-make New York your second home! What a Cecin-sational debut! What an introduction to the Alegria family! Burning hot, this man from São Paulo, this Mr. Renato Cecin, took the entire Alegria family on an intergalactic cosmic rocket ride fueled by relentless beat mixing and an escalating energy level that sent the boyz into overdrive-for the entire duration of Cecin’s four-hour set. A marvel to behold and a joy to be a part of, this was one of those legendary sets that make you glad you were in the house.
- By Mark Thompson and Robert Doyle | Aug 24Just when you were starting to sweat the end of summer, and rue the loss of carefree beach days and endless fun-the kind of days that one associates with Fire Island Pines, for example, or P’town-along comes Alegria Labor Day, a reminder that even as the calendar changes, there’s still joy-still Alegria.
- By Mark Thompson and Robert Doyle | Jun 30We slid down the Alegria Rabbit Hole shortly after three a.m.-and when we landed on our feet, we had to stop. We had to STOP-right where we were and take it all in: the cacophonous adrenal rush of sliding into Alegria in Wonderland at warp speed. So much to discover, as Alice might have said: the caterpillar perched atop the humongous mushroom, oversized tea cups and saucers (with Alegria tea bags-Drink me!), a double-spout tea pot-and a huge pink Cheshire cat whose grin illuminated the recesses of M2 like a crescent moon over Manhattan. We’d slipped through the looking glass and landed in Wonderland.
- By Jake Resnicow | Jun 17So what are you going to do when that old gal Pride hits the big four-oh? Forty years of Pride, think about it: 1969-2009. Forty years: that’s a ruby anniversary. A big red...ruby-as in ruby slippers. So you know you’d better celebrate-and if you’re producer Ric Sena, you know that 40 years of Pride merits a massive tea party.
- By Mark Thompson and Robert Doyle | Mar 25There are some nights that make you feel so damn proud for being a New Yorker-and for being gay in New York. Some nights that make you so happy to be partying in New York-and some parties that make you know you’re part of something historic and great. That’s how it felt to be at Alegria Xtreme 9, the ninth incarnation of Ric Sena’s annual Black Party weekend closer.
- By Mark Thompson and Robert Doyle | Jul 2With massive air-conditioning ductwork snaking up the facade of from the street below, anyone on the outside could see that the scene inside the sold-out Alegria Pride 2008 would be Stygian-and it was: steamy hot, dark, and hard. With three deejays working three separate rooms and boyz from around the globe overflowing the labyrinthine dance floors, staircases, and hallways, Alegria Pride 2008 was a gargantuan affair-and a testament to producer Ric Sena’s bold vision in the face of Manhattan’s nightlife paroxysms. One thing’s for certain: Alegria’s found a new home.
- By Jesse Kreitzman | Apr 4Built in 1886, it housed costume balls and gay bacchanals-as well as a Madonna pajama party. In the years when it was known as the Ritz, performers such as Tina Turner, Prince, Pink, and KISS ruled the stage. Small wonder that earlier this month, the city of New York designated Webster Hall a historic landmark-and fitting also that this past Sunday of Black Party weekend in New York, Webster Hall became the latest home of Ric Sena’s Alegria.
- By Jake Resnicow | Apr 10If ever you’ve found yourself yearning for the seedy XXX fleshpots of New York’s 42nd Street on Memorial Day Weekend--or for the decadence of the Weimar Republic, then you were in luck--provided you found yourself at Ric Sena’s Alegria XXXtreme. Held at Studio (once known as Crobar) on that far western strip of Chelsea which has replaced 42nd Street as Manhattan’s current alley of iniquity, the fourteen-hour party was perfectly located--and attended by every self-respecting heathen and well-buffed hedonist.
- By Jake Resnicow | Jan 21It’s two a.m. on Martin Luther King weekend-and out in front of Crobar, there’s a line snaking all the way over to Tenth Avenue. No doubt about it: the Alegria tribe is out in force, for the fifth installment of Alegria Tribal.
- By Mark Thompson and Robert Doyle | Nov 1There’s a new circuit tradition in town. If Sunday night was any indication, Alegria Halloween (Crobar/NYC), now in its third incarnation, has become one of those must-do, gotta-get-there, gay holiday travel events. Mark your calendars.
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Monster's Ball @ The Museum Of Science And Industry :: October 18, 2014What a great time it was at the 38th annual "All Hallows Masquerade Ball" at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa. There were over 2000 attendees and some amazing costumes. Check out the photos.
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