Singe at The Firehouse Makes Summer Even Hotter
|Kalei inside her flaming hula hoop|
Industrial dance music buzzes and throbs through the speakers, while a dozen zombies in blood-splattered clothing bob their heads below. There's a giant, burning halo spinning over the dancer's head.
At least, that's what it looks like. It's really a big hula-hoop with several flames burning all around it, and the blond -- a young goth-punk looking girl with a half-shaved head -- is whipping it around her body. Her name is Kalei, and she's one of the entertainers at "Singe," a flaming new event that takes place at The Firehouse.
|Singe creator Shayne Bohner|
Apparently, the big summer style for the ladies at Singe is black electrical tape in X shapes over nipples, along with ripped fishnets and painfully bright pink or purple hair. Mohawks made a comeback with the guys; at least four dudes are sporting huge thin spikes that scrape the tree branches behind the Firehouse, including local DJ Beautiful John, who greets us, James Bond-style, as we arrive. "Hi, I'm John. Beautiful John. DJ Beautiful John," he says.
There's a zombie theme tonight, and Firehouse proprietor Michael 23 looks glowingly undead. His head's covered in so much makeup and white powder there's a faint cloud around his head when he stands near a light. The whole scene tonight looks like Mad Max meets Sid & Nancy under the direction of George Romero. With stuff on fire.
|Kalei performs with Beautiful John in the background|
Local DJ Vex (who has spun at *Sadisco events) spins a dark dance mix that includes a wicked mash-up of The Beatles' "Come Together" and Nine Inch Nails' "Closer"; the music booms down the block and fills First Street.
By midnight, the backyard is filled with glow stick ninjas, zombie dancers, and bouncing breasts with X-tape nipples. And the party rages on.
"Singe" takes place at 8 p.m. every fourth Friday of the month at The Firehouse, 1015 N. First Street. There's a $5 suggested donation at the door. Call 602-300-7575 for more information.