NIGHT WATCH: Mr. Goodbar

Boston's club scene, one party at a time

Neil Contractor


Jan. 26, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Club Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge. Tickets: $15 general admission, $45 VIP. All proceeds go to the AIDS Action Committee. 18+, 21 to drink. 617-496-8004,

The deal: Twice a month, the Foxy Action Group hosts a gay DJ/dance night in Central Square. Thursday, they pair with the AIDS Action Committee for a “Love Boat’’-themed rendition of their biannual Mr. Goodbar disco party, complete with scantily clad DJs, special performances, and ’70s mustaches galore. “It should be a bright and happy affair,’’ says Nathanael Bluhm, Foxy DJ and organizer for the event. “Hopefully we can create a cruise ship deck atmosphere in the middle of January. . . . I just tried on my captain’s cap and I look like the millionaire from ‘Gilligan’s Island.’ ’’

The DJs: Bluhm, Neil Contractor, and James Cerne cozy up in the DJ booth, with performances by drag queen Frieda Fries and choreographer Bart Mather. “[Mather] is from the Boston Conservatory and is pulling together a bunch of other Boston Conservatory dancers to, you know, put on a little show for the night,’’ says Contractor.


Who goes there: Anyone “who would want to come to a less mainstream gay event. . . . We’ll play anything from funk to soul to mostly disco - anything that’s not pop, mainstream - in a really sweaty, fun environment where you can take your clothes off. Taking your shirt off is encouraged,’’ says Contractor.

Expect to hear: “When we think of ‘Love Boat,’ we think of Charo, which is definitely going to get some play,’’ says Bluhm. You can also expect to hear a rendition of the “Love Boat’’ theme.

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The tip: Play dress up. “We want to encourage everything from sailors to pirates to tourists in Hawaiian shirts,’’ says Contractor. “French sailor outfits are quite cute,’’ adds Bluhm.

Marian Daniells can be reached at
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