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SATURDAY OCTOBER 9, 2010
CLICK + DRAG 3.2/ AGE OF AQUARIUS
SANTOS PARTY HOUSE
96 LAFAYETTE STREET NYC
10 PM-4 AM
$20 ADVANCE, $25 AT DOOR (CASH ONLY AT DOOR)
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The pioneering "Cyber/Fetish/Gender-Hacking" party CLICK + DRAG, which ushered out the 20th Century in style and was reborn in 2008, announces its third annual Future-Spectacle for October 9. Two of Click's founding producers - director and visual artist ROB ROTH and nightlife impresario CHI CHI VALENTI of THE JACKIE FACTORY will stage this year's epic CLICK + DRAG 3.2/ AGE OF AQUARIUS at the suitably Aquarian venue SANTOS PARTY HOUSE. CLICK 3.2/ AGE OF AQUARIUS is a two floor, evening-length epic, preserving the night's strict dress code, elaborate installations and stage shows, and pansexual mix of fetishists, artists, gender-hackers and "Glam Nerds."

The Age of Aquarius - the Utopian "New Age" of unity and love - has either begun or is beginning, depending on which astrological sages one believes. Regardless, the Aquarian themes of humanism, peace, rebellion, idealism and philanthropy are already ascending, by way of computer networks and other new tools and in the growing acceptance of non-traditional religions and belief systems. As the brutal, materialistic Age of Pisces draws to an end, values shift towards spiritual rebirth and planetary harmony. To the CLICK + DRAG producers, the Aquarian ideal compliments the neo-tribalism of many Click participants and the mixing of masculine and feminine traits into countless unique new genders, a recurring theme of this spectacular "gathering of the tribes".

With this Utopian brew as inspiration, CLICK + DRAG 3.2 will feature multimedia works directed by ROB ROTH with light shows by SETH KIRBY and BROCK MONROE of the JOSHUA LIGHT SHOW and the contributions of dozens of creative collaborators. Highlights will include performances by neo-burlesque performance artist NARCISSISTER, RUMI OF THE FABULOUS COCKETTES!, vocal she-goddesses AMBER MARTIN and LADY RIZO, neue cabaret troupe THE PIXIE HARLOTS, and Method Go-Go icons including bodybuilder (and Click 3.2 cover girl) ROXANNE EDWARDS, and costume cultists FALON and MASHALA. The evening also features costume design by longtime Click couturier GARO SPARO. DJs on two floors will include JOHNNY DYNELL (VANDAM), SEAN B (SPANK) ANGELO and JOHANNA CONSTANTINE (NYC) and TEXAS SAGE (SF) playing a futuristic soundtrack that runs the gamut from sixties psychedelia to electro house.

A STRICT CYBER/FETISH/TRIBAL DRESS CODE WILL BE COMPLETELY ENFORCED: WEAR AQUARIAN FLOURISHES, GLITTER BEARDS AND MERKINS, RESPLENDENT RAGS, PAGAN CHIC, WATERFALL HEADDRESSES, TURQUOISE PAINT, GODDESS OR TRANS-GODDESS, BODY-ADORNED or CYBER, FETISH, TRIBAL, GENDER-HACKING, FAERIE, GOTHIC OR BRILLIANT BLACK. ABSOLUTELY NO STREET CLOTHES OR MUNDANES - NO EXCEPTIONS.

CLICK + DRAG began as the Saturday-night weekly at CHI CHI VALENTI's experimental MOTHER nightclub in 1996 and ran for four years in over 200 themed editions. The new hybrid was evolved by Roth, Valenti, fashion designer KITTY BOOTS and journalist ABBY EHMANN and explored the interface between nightclubs and computers as CLICK + DRAG built a fanatic following. When MOTHER closed in 2000, they launched CLICK + DRAG 2.0, a monthly edition at Chinatown's FUN, which thrived until the events of 9/11/01. CLICK + DRAG 3.0 introduced its new annual format at a 2008 reboot at SANTOS, and followed up with last year's stunning CLICK + DRAG 3.1. Both editions brought out five hundred or more enthusiastic attendees in extraordinary costume, and were widely documented online. Do NOT miss the once-a-year chance to participate in this completely unique New York club spectacle.

Press contact CHI CHI VALENTI at THE JACKIE FACTORY NYC - events@jackiefactory.com or facebook.com/chichivalenti


RELATED LINKS

Official Website
Click + Drag Facebook Group
Click + Drag 2009 Report on Flickr
Rob Roth rob-roth.com
The Jackie Factory jackiefactory.com


PLUS!
OPENING OCTOBER 13
SHOW RUNS 10/13-10/31
BACK TO THE FUTURE
ROB ROTH PHOTOGRAPHS FOR CLICK + DRAG
THE WILD PROJECT
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In conjunction with this year's annual edition of CLICK + DRAG, THE WILD PROJECT is pleased to present BACK TO THE FUTURE, a solo exhibition of photographs by ROB ROTH. The works in this exhibition were created specifically for the spectacular New York club event. Created between 1999 and 2001, most of the photographs selected for the exhibition were shot for Click's much coveted and collected flyers. The flyers depicted an eclectic mix of rock stars, dominatrixes, transsexuals, strippers and fetishists. Necessity was the mother of invention for Roth, who shot the portraits in his small Manhattan studio apartment with KITTY BOOTS as stylist and MARLA BELT on makeup.

Despite Roth's reputation as a pioneering digital artist, the majority of the images were deliberately shot using 35 mm film and printed on the now discontinued Fujiflex paper, with absolutely no retouching. The results were small color prints that possess a striking oversaturated, jewel-like quality and present the subjects as iconic patron saints of desire, transformation and sexuality. Three of the images in this exhibition are more recent digital portraits made for the new large-scale annual incarnations of Click + Drag between 2008 and 2010. But regardless of year or venue, the images all share a common love of beauty, transformation and above all, the night.

Press contact ROB ROTH at doubler@rob-roth.com


Image: CLICK 3.2 Invite, photo and design, ROB ROTH, models ROXANNE EDWARDS (center) with NICHOLAS GORHAM (left) and EUGENE SOLDATOV. Costumes by GARO SPARO, Makeup by MARLA BELT.