Tonight they will be celebrating the birthday of photographer extraordinaire Mike Ruiz. over at XL Nightclub, 512 W. 42nd Street, Carmen Electra, Martha Wash , The Ones, Janice Robinson and Jason Walker will perform. The event will be hosted by the luscious Lady Bunny and Bianca Del Rio and the cast of HOT MESS. DJ Escape and Whitney Day will provide the sounds. The whole shebang will benefit the Ali Forney Center (AFC). Admission is $15 for non-members. They are trying to raise $15,000 for the Center which provides shelter and care for homeless LGBT youth. The center was particularly damaged from the wrath of Hurricane Sandy.
Carmen Electra will perform her new single "I Like It Loud" which was produced by Grammy-nominated producer Bill Hamel. Carmen will do the media rounds with appearances on The Wendy Williams Show, VH1 Morning Buzz, and Anderson Cooper before scooting over to XL. I asked her all about it.
Why did you decide to be part of this benefit for the Ali Forney Center at XL Nightclub?
When I heard the center was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, I could not help but to be part of this amazing night.
How did it come about?
I am friends with Mike Ruiz; he called me and asked me to be part of the benefit.
Have you worked with Mike Ruiz as a model?
Yes, he’s shot for a few magazines.
You have a diverse career. What are your career goals?
To continue entertaining my fans and touring the world.
XL Nightclub’s Director of Operations elaborated:
How do you think Carmen Electra will energize your crowd? What makes her work?
She is a versatile entertainer; she’s been on MTV, Baywatch, and she now has a singing career. Gays respect a hot woman continually reinventing herself. She’s working with Mikey Minden (Pussycat Dolls), and the act is pretty over the top. I saw a couple rehearsals and know the crowd will love it. She’s come a long way from slow-motion jogs down the beach.
XL Nightclub is no longer the new club on the block. How would you define it and compare it to the dominant gay clubs of other eras… say the Roxy, etc.
XL isn’t just a big dance club; we’re a full-service, 200-seat cabaret and lounge. In any given week, we’ll have artists like Alan Cumming perform in the cabaret, DJs like Danny Teneglia spin for 2,000 people in the nightclub, we’ll produce a rock concert on our 32-foot stage, host a young-professionals mixer in our front lounge, or host a full sit-down charity dinner. We do it all.
Besides this, what is planned as far as performances and events that you think will be the highlights at XL this winter?
We have loads of new programming that we’ll be rolling out in the winter. I’m most excited about our new lounge concept. We’re completely gutting our front lounge and creating an exclusive new "club-within-a-club.” It’s a high-end exclusive, "gay Bungalow 8" concept that we think is missing from our community. The goal is to have it open by the end of January to coincide with our one year anniversary. More details on that soon.