Drag sisterhood and performance art collective Chez Deep kick off Pride Weekend in New York with a performance of Common Visions — a ritual drag transformation and live talk show with special guests Domonique Echeverria, Linda Simpson and Mss Vee. A narrative framed within a classical drag revue, Common Visions reaffirms the drag performer as spiritual guide to interpret and celebrate the psycho-spiritual and pop-culture myths that make each of us diverse and divine. 
Chez Deep is the New York City-based drag sisterhood of performers Alexis Blair Penney, Sam Banks, Hari Nef, Colin Self and Bailey Stiles. Common Visions goes down this Friday evening at Ace Hotel New York — RSVP here.

Drag sisterhood and performance art collective Chez Deep kick off Pride Weekend in New York with a performance of Common Visions — a ritual drag transformation and live talk show with special guests Domonique Echeverria, Linda Simpson and Mss VeeA narrative framed within a classical drag revue, Common Visions reaffirms the drag performer as spiritual guide to interpret and celebrate the psycho-spiritual and pop-culture myths that make each of us diverse and divine. 

Chez Deep is the New York City-based drag sisterhood of performers Alexis Blair PenneySam Banks, Hari NefColin Self and Bailey Stiles. Common Visions goes down this Friday evening at Ace Hotel New York — RSVP here.

Chez Deep

Chez Deep


Last November, we celebrated Gay Pride, vogueing and NYC ballroom culture in Palm Springs with Miracles Club, Mike Q, Total Freedom, Beyondadoubt, Isaiah Esquire, Raja and the House of Xtravaganza at our annual Hands On queer music and arts festival. We’ll be reveling in underground queer culture, film and art this fall at Ace Hotel & Swim Club during the first weekend in November — save the date, and keep an eye out for more details soon.


Video by Mariah Garnett.


To kickoff our LGBTQ pride celebrations this June, we’re exhibiting Current Issues: The Gay Blade Vol. 1, No. 1-6, 1969 in the gallery space at Ace Hotel New York. First published in October of 1969 as a single-sheet, hand-distributed newsletter appearing in gay bars around D.C., it’s the longest-running LGBTQ paper in the United States, still running as The Washington Blade and named by the Times as “one of the most influential publications written for a gay audience.” In its early issues, we find reports on civil rights issues and police harassment, roommate and job referral services, invitations to community dinners, legal advice and classifieds ads. Grown from the vitality and perseverance of queer culture and community, The Gay Blade helped citizens organize in their struggle for equality, while both supporting and documenting the mundanities of everyday life and survival.
To see the full selection of early issues, and read more about the Blade (unrelated to Zorro), stop by the gallery and pick up your own copy of our handmade zine featuring some of our favorite issues.
Stay tuned for more on pride this month here.

To kickoff our LGBTQ pride celebrations this June, we’re exhibiting Current Issues: The Gay Blade Vol. 1, No. 1-6, 1969 in the gallery space at Ace Hotel New York. First published in October of 1969 as a single-sheet, hand-distributed newsletter appearing in gay bars around D.C., it’s the longest-running LGBTQ paper in the United States, still running as The Washington Blade and named by the Times as “one of the most influential publications written for a gay audience.” In its early issues, we find reports on civil rights issues and police harassment, roommate and job referral services, invitations to community dinners, legal advice and classifieds ads. Grown from the vitality and perseverance of queer culture and community, The Gay Blade helped citizens organize in their struggle for equality, while both supporting and documenting the mundanities of everyday life and survival.

To see the full selection of early issues, and read more about the Blade (unrelated to Zorro), stop by the gallery and pick up your own copy of our handmade zine featuring some of our favorite issues.

Stay tuned for more on pride this month here.


Bayard Rustin — debating here with Malcom X — was one of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s closest confidantes. A passionate and earnest speaker and a very sharp mind, he was also queer as a three dollar bill, and became a somewhat bifurcated icon of two occasionally divergent movements that ultimately sought — and seek — a common goal: a humanity so free that our eyes nearly ache with the brightness of the horizon. He was one of the fiercest and most adored champions of that vision — and we honor him in celebration of Black History Month. Find a way to watch Brother Outsider — you will be glad you did.

Stay tuned for more about some of our African American icons this month. In the meantime, let’s go be free, and remember our political ancestors.









Saturday night of Hands On : Shade during Palm Springs Pride, we held a vogueing ball hosted by Hector Xtravaganza of The House of Xtravaganza and judged by Raja of RuPaul’s Drag Race and friends — MikeQ provided the soundtrack, The Miracles Club wailed, and Beyondadoubt got Isaiah Tillman into contortions. We took a break to watch Paris is Burning in the Clubhouse — apparently everyone has the script memorized seeing as how it was like a Rocky Horror Picture Show screening with impromptu live accompaniment. Shots from our Sunday pool party with The Miracles Club and MikeQ up shortly. Stay tuned.

Saturday night of Hands On : Shade during Palm Springs Pride, we held a vogueing ball hosted by Hector Xtravaganza of The House of Xtravaganza and judged by Raja of RuPaul’s Drag Race and friends — MikeQ provided the soundtrack, The Miracles Club wailed, and Beyondadoubt got Isaiah Tillman into contortions. We took a break to watch Paris is Burning in the Clubhouse — apparently everyone has the script memorized seeing as how it was like a Rocky Horror Picture Show screening with impromptu live accompaniment. Shots from our Sunday pool party with The Miracles Club and MikeQ up shortly. Stay tuned.


Tomorrow, Paris burns by the pool at Ace Palm Springs for pride weekend. Hands On : Shade, a celebration of queer NYC ballroom culture all weekend with a mini-ball hosted by Raja from RuPaul’s Drag Race and Kiki Xtravaganza of the House of Xtravaganza, plus a screening of Paris is Burning and sets by MikeQ (Vogue Nights, NYC), Miracles Club and Beyondadoubt, and pool party with Mustache Mondays. We have a couple rooms left for the weekend — it’s 86 and sunny. Come werk.


We’re in a van driving down the I-5 today with The Miracles Club, Chanticleer of Magic Mouth and Beyondadoubt to celebrate all stripes in the desert for a few days. Come down and hang out with us.








Girl, you know that shit buttons on the right side. Wear it, be it, know it, work it, twerk it, or do absolutely nothing by the pool this weekend at Hands On : Shade, our queer NYC ballroom celebration during Palm Springs Pride at Ace Hotel & Swim Club, with a poolside screening of Paris is Burning, a mini-ball with Kiki from the House of Xtravaganza, and sets by MikeQ, The Miracles Club, Mustache Mondays and Beyondadoubt. It’s Mike’s birthday too, so bring him something nice. Whatever you bring, it best be real. We still have a few rooms available through the weekend — see you by the pool.

Girl, you know that shit buttons on the right side. Wear it, be it, know it, work it, twerk it, or do absolutely nothing by the pool this weekend at Hands On : Shade, our queer NYC ballroom celebration during Palm Springs Pride at Ace Hotel & Swim Club, with a poolside screening of Paris is Burning, a mini-ball with Kiki from the House of Xtravaganza, and sets by MikeQ, The Miracles Club, Mustache Mondays and Beyondadoubt. It’s Mike’s birthday too, so bring him something nice. Whatever you bring, it best be real. We still have a few rooms available through the weekend — see you by the pool.


Our third annual queer arts and music festival at Ace Hotel & Swim Club werks into Palm Springs for LGBTQ Pride November 2-4. This year, Hands On: Shade celebrates underground gay ballroom culture in NYC and all the legendary children and butch queens who’ve made the way for everyone — gay, straight and all — to be themselves and work it hard.
The Miracles Club, MikeQ, Beyondadoubt and Mustache Mondays spin house, vogue, bounce and ballroom all weekend, and Kiki Xtravaganza of The House of Xtravaganza puts on a mini ball by the pool and one in the Amigo Room late night, after a poolside screening of Paris is Burning. We’ll also host the Type Truck so you can slink over with a cocktail in your swimsuit and make some letterpress art, betch. We’ll whip up some easy phrases or you can invent your own for a new generation of realness.
Rooms are on the cheap and we’ll have a bunch of Feel Good Spa specials, free clay face masks by the pool and freshly muddled cocktails. Git.

Our third annual queer arts and music festival at Ace Hotel & Swim Club werks into Palm Springs for LGBTQ Pride November 2-4. This year, Hands On: Shade celebrates underground gay ballroom culture in NYC and all the legendary children and butch queens who’ve made the way for everyone — gay, straight and all — to be themselves and work it hard.

The Miracles Club, MikeQ, Beyondadoubt and Mustache Mondays spin house, vogue, bounce and ballroom all weekend, and Kiki Xtravaganza of The House of Xtravaganza puts on a mini ball by the pool and one in the Amigo Room late night, after a poolside screening of Paris is Burning. We’ll also host the Type Truck so you can slink over with a cocktail in your swimsuit and make some letterpress art, betch. We’ll whip up some easy phrases or you can invent your own for a new generation of realness.

Rooms are on the cheap and we’ll have a bunch of Feel Good Spa specials, free clay face masks by the pool and freshly muddled cocktails. Git.


The Video Mouse captured HANDS ON — our music & arts festival during Palm Springs Pride — with an expert eye.


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