CHI CHI VALENTI
A NY NIGHTCLUB EMPRESS
CHI CHI VALENTI has spent three decades shaping and chronicling New York City's nightclub demi-monde. Since 1980 she's participated in alternative nightlife as a producer (Jackie 60, Click + Drag, Night of 1000 Stevies), Low Life @ Howl! Festival, journalist (Village Voice, Details, ID, Interview), clubowner (Mother), doorperson (The Mudd Club) and publisher (Verbal Abuse Magazine and mothernyc.com). A frequent commentator and panelist on NYC club issues from cabaret laws to bottle bars, Chi Chi Valenti is still an active contributor to Clubland as an entertainment producer and Mistress of Ceremonies. She is best known for nightlife events of an artistic or niche nature, including costumed and themed spectacles in NYC and elsewhere.
With husband and partner, the DJ JOHNNY DYNELL and the costumer/fashion designer KITTY BOOTS, Valenti formed THE JACKIE FACTORY in the early 1990's - a creative collective focused on nightlife experiments and new hybrids. Most notably, the group produced the Jackie 60 club weekly throughout the 1990's, over five hundred themes executed in tongue-in-cheek fashion. From 1996-2000 "The Factory" also co-produced the cyber-fetish Saturday Click + Drag in the alternative club mecca MOTHER owned by Dynell and Valenti in the then-ascending Meat Market. With core producers including actor/drag icon HATTIE HATHAWAY and multimedia wizard ROB ROTH, this group is still in a creative whirl a decade later.
Valenti has long been involved in the ever-burgeoning virtual NY nightclub world, which she helped nurture back at Jackie 60 and Click + Drag. She founded THE MOTHERBOARDS NYC in 2001, an online environment free of the constraints of modern NYC nightlife, and still actively presides there ten years later. These free and dishy forums provide a virtual home to nightlife legends and fans spread across the globe, and a powerful tool for nightclub propaganda.
For Chi Chi's current projects and writings online, visit the links at right. For more on her upcoming NYC events, visit mothernyc.com
NIGHT OF 1000 STEVIES
THE MOTHERBOARDS NYC
HOWL! FESTIVAL + HOWL HELP
ENDLESS NIGHT MUSIC
LOW LIFE @ HOWL!
CURRENT NYC EVENTS