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Going through Hard Times, War Room's dance party
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Going through Hard Times, War Room's dance party

by James Whitely - SGN Contributing Writer

On August 19, SGN attended Hard Times, the 'Multi Poly Omni Sexy Art Experiment' at the War Room. It is young, sexy, and stylish, and has the feel of a house party - and a fucking good one at that. (The first Hard Times was held on June 24.)

So who comes to this party? According to David Richey, the promoter, who laughed when I asked him if Hard Times was Gay-friendly, 'Hard Times is mostly Gay,' but he also added that it isn't really defined exclusively as a Gay party.

Richey went on to tell SGN, 'Gay, straight, black, white - as long as you're a freak, you're wanted here.'

With rotating DJs and a live performance in addition to the dance party every third Wednesday (which will hopefully become every Wednesday), this trans-modern weekly was conceived of by the same talent that brought Seattle Hot Mess, the 'Queer Dance Revolution Party' that was also at the War Room. Hard Times features '80s, electro, glam, hip-hop, house, indie, and mashup. The start time is 9 p.m., which is a great time to come in for the drink special and scope the place out, but the dance floor doesn't heat up until 11 or 12. When it does, it's on fire.

Hard Times successfully integrates performance and gallery art into virtually every party. The night of August 19, local photographer Kevin Kauer was the featured artist. Kauer, editor of Nark Magazine, a local street fashion and nightlife publication, is the primary photographer for Hard Times.

One thing that Richey loves about Hard Times is that he's tried to keep it local.

"We're trying to feature a new local artist each month, and in the future we hope to bring in bigger talent, but still keep it locally based" said Richey. "After doing Hot Mess for four years, it's nice to do something more locally based."

"'Cause we're in hard times, we felt like this was a good time to do a weekly," said Richey. "Because of the times we're in, because of the economy, this is when the art scene flourishes."

DJ LA Kendall has worked with Richey for quite a while. Together, they produce an outstanding dance night, which isn't surprising because they have a history together. "We did Kiss My Ass and Hot Mess together," Richey told SGN.

War Room patron Eric Chilton told SGN with confidence that "Hard Times is the best place to dance on a Wednesday." Chilton said he was excited about the drink special for Hard Times, $3 vodka cocktails.

In short, the $5 cover is well worth the party, and the opportunity to get sexified by the talented photographer Kevin Kauer. Put on something different, grab your friends, and get your ass to the War Room on Wednesdays for Hard Times. The party wants you, so come out and be part of it - because, as Richey says, "We're in Hard Times."

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