Bill Young and Colleen Thomas Throw a Strange Party
Grand Street comes to 92nd Street
By Deborah Jowitt Wednesday, Feb 23 2011
Bill Young/Colleen Thomas & Co.: LITup
92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Festival
February 18 through 20
A guy lurches back from the cash bar, carrying overflowing plastic glasses of beer for himself and his buddies. A woman is asked to please go sit somewhere else because her bench is needed. Some people sit on the floor. A few congregate around small tables. There’s plenty of music, some provided by a DJ. A mirror ball hangs overhead, along with some red Chinese lanterns. A host/entertainer enters in outlandish garb—carrot wig, pock-marked half-mask, lit-up rings on his fingers, and high-heeled boots. He gives one woman a neck massage, greets friends, and does some precarious and daring dancing. What kind of party is this?