Eight Items Or Less: 'Remember the Upstairs Lounge' + Stay the Night in an Armani Hotel

Gary Pini
1. No Longer Empty -- the arts organization that put together the incredible "fantasy version" of Tower Records -- has now recreated a New Orleans' gay bar called the Upstairs Lounge.  In 1973 an arsonist set fire to the French Quarter bar killing 32 people, but no one was ever charged. Artist Skylar Fein's installation in New York City "Remember the Upstairs Lounge" opens tomorrow, April 28, at 447 W.16th St.,from 6 to 9 p.m. and runs through May 29th. Go here for more info.

2. The Armani Hotel in Dubai's "world's tallest building" opened yesterday.

3. A British band named Exit Through the Gift Shop changed their name to Brace Yourself after Banksy gave them a painting worth $300,000.

4. New York's premier same-sex wedding event, The Illegal Wedding Fair, will take place on Sunday, June 6, from  noon to 4 p.m. at 632 On Hudson (Hudson St. & Horatio St.).

5. The East Coast finals of the 2010 DMC DJ Battle hits NYC on May 15 at Santos (96 Lafayette Street) from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.  All ages admitted and tickets are $15 in advance.

6. PAPER fotog Torkil Gudnason's photo exhibit "Hot House" is opening in San Francisco at Glory Chen Gallery (134 Maiden Lane) on April 29.

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