‘Cheek To Cheek’: Jammin’ with the One

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‘Cheek To Cheek’: Jammin’ with the One

hurt feeling we can't heal, no scary emotion we won't be able to communicate, no sadness we can't fly over, no pain we can't positively gain from. So says a hunch I'm willing to bet my dancing shoes on.

Cheers to you and me, we’ve almost made it through another year. As you plan holiday menus and obsess over gift-giving here’s my wish for you: I hope you dance.

Suggested Playlist:
I Found Love-Blaze
Good Love- Mary J. Blige
Milk and Honey-Goapele
Just For Me-Al Green
Do I Do (1982 Musiquarium version)-Stevie Wonder
I Can’t Help It-Maysa
Thought You Should Know- Carl Thomas
Summer Breeze-The Isley Brothers
Master of Eyes-Aretha Franklin
After the Dance (extended version)-Marvin Gaye
Kiss Me to the Music-Bobby Blue Bland
Blue Light ‘Til Dawn-Cassandra Wilson
And I Love Her-Bobby Womack
Morning Glory-Gina Breedlove
Feeling in My Heart (For You)-Joan Armatrading

#ff0000;">Some of my favorite spots to Dance Around Town:

#ff0000;">Dream Downtown, 355 West 16th Street This meatpacking district hotel often hosts great dance parties.  Guest disc jockeys include Orange is the New Black’s Taryn Manning (Pensatucky)—fierce on the 1’s and 2’s.  Admission can be a little steep, starting at $50.

#ff0000;">Bonfire Lounge, 404 Sixth Avenue (at Greenwich Ave) There’s a new dance party in town for the scout in all of us, ladies.  Boi Scouts, Femme Scouts, Tranny Scouts, all scouts are welcome!  Plus, there are Girl Scout cookie-inspired cocktails.  Live rotating djs, table service and snacks from 10 pm- 2 am.

#ff0000;">Santos Party House, 96 Lafayette St (between Walker St & White St) Catch your favorite djs here.  Wear you best dancing shoes.  DO NOT expect to be heard as the music is VERY loud, but a serious jam fest (great latin music) for serious dancers.  Table reservations accepted.

#ff0000;">Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Broadway and 60th Street (Time Warner Bldg): One of the most beautiful rooms to soak up jazz in Manhattan, Dizzy’s boasts a stellar view of Central Park through a big window behind the stage, in addition to excellent acoustics.  Once a month the cover charge drops to $20 ($10 for students) for a late night dance party soundtracked by a variety of jazz musicians playing uptempo sessions called "cutting contests," a throwback to jazz-age Harlem of the 1920s.  Saturday, November 16th // Broadway and 60th Street // $20, $10

LaShonda Katrice Barnett's short fiction appears in (or is forthcoming in) summer and fall 2013 issues of Skin to Skin Lesbian Journal (“Courage, Meine Freundin”-Dec. ’13); Half-Baked Online Literary Journal (“Graf”); The New Orleans Review ("Hen's Teeth"); C4: Chamber Four Literary Journal ("Ezekiel Saw The Wheel"); Works (of Fiction) in Progress Literary Magazine ("Road to Wingo"); Half-Baked Online Literary Journal ("Graf"); and Gemini Magazine ("533"). Her debut novel, Jam On The Vine, is forthcoming with Grove/Atlantic Inc. She lives on Manhattan’s upper west side. www.lashondabarnett.com   Twitter: @LaShondaKatrice