The police are not making “Kensington great again”

America has a plethora of problems.

Healthcare is in crisis, education is teetering, and we are beginning to experience that late-stage capitalism. Not all of us see eye to eye on everything, but a lot of people find camaraderie when police corruption is discussed. The recent incident here in Philly of the racist Starbucks manager calling the cops on two black men was not surprising to anyone. Cops killing unarmed people of color, children even, is tragically unsurprising.  Nor is it a shock to hear of cops victim blaming sexual assault victims. The incident I am about to relay is absolutely not as dire as systemic racism and innocent deaths that happen so frequently by the hands of cops. It is, however, a story that needs to be told.

Dark Tower V3: Ooh Baby I Like It Raw! was a party bearing many amazing facets. There were multiple rooms and floors with different genres of music and handcrafted decor. A coat check was available, and water and soda were being sold on the cheap. This was a BYOB event and the organizers involved created a safe and inclusive atmosphere.  DanceSafe, a crucial organization in the nightlife, was present upstairs. Dark Tower had something for everyone and was an event that brought the community together in a truly positive way.

My friends and I got there after 11, maybe closer to 12. We checked out The Jungle with Camp Phuck It and Techno Basement presented by Labyrinth. At one point I went upstairs and saw my friend walk outside with a stern look on his face. I walked back down the basement and told my friend what I saw. Moments later, the lights were on and we were told the party was shut down. Unfortunately, parties getting shut down by the police is nothing new, neither is how the police acted, which was not ideal from what I personally experienced.

One white and blond policewoman was particularly aggressive. It’s no surprise that she acted with a toxic masculine attitude. In an industry where police act with cowboy machismo, women officers have to act like that to gain even an iota of respect from their male co-workers. She made it difficult for people to grab their coats and literally was making fun of people like we were in high school. She was overheard saying “did any of you people look in the mirror before you left the house today?” and said to someone “your shirt is on backward, haha just kidding.”  The organizers told the police that they were not selling liquor and therefore did not have a liquor license. The police said that since they “saw beer being brought in”, they could come in. I am unsure if this was within their rights.

As if people already have so many valid reasons to fear and not respect the police (a true shame because they could serve a great need in this country), adding on bullying and unkind words are just a few more drops into the overflowing pail of police brutality and crookedness.  As the cops drove away that night, one of them was heard chanting “make Kensington great again” over the police car loudspeaker.

While I personally find that harrowing, I was informed that the police worked well with the event organizers. That is hopeful.

If you’re interested in laws, policies, and other issues regarding nightlife check out 24HrPhl. We are a collective working together towards creating the best community that we can.

Next Up:  May Itinerary

March Itinerary

Hey hey it’s Aries month! I’m here with your March itinerary. As usual, let me know if I’m missing any events on here. There are a lot of goth nights happening, must be in celebration of my big 30 coming up!

March 2nd

Infrared w. Joe Pompeo, Who’s Who, BeeTee Beats

Martial Canterel, INTERVAL, The Wants

Excision

Dave P……ALL NITE LONG.

Select Sounds Feat. Weiss (21+)

goodie no.94 : w Rob Paine & Francisco Collazo

Black Coffee at Coda

March 3rd

Changing Death: Culture and Acceptance: a Panel + Exhibition

Strictly HOUSE | Deep Beats & Cocktails

Carpe Noctem

Club Congress

A Black Celebration

Dark Tower v2 Electric Boogaloo

March 6th

GOTH NIGHT w/ Distorted Retrospect!

March Synth Night

March 7th

Spaced Out!

Mad World – a New Wave Party

Cult Objects / Washer / Bethlehem Steel / Yazan – Everybody Hits

OMD – Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

March 8th

24HrPHL Dialogues – Berlin Clubcommission’s Lutz Leichsenring

Solidarity is Sweet! IWS Celebration & Fundraiser

R A D A R 3) a party for queer femmes

CVLT with Dave Ghoul and DJ Poe at Asylum 13

Queer Qrush – An All-inclusive Dance Party!

Issa UK Ting: Garage Grime UK Funky Bruk DnB + at The Dolphin ~ Free!

Thursdaze w/s/g Bummer’s End at Backyard Ale House

March 9th

Tantrum Tonic

Dreams of You: Soft Touches and Fiber Futures

Foundation, Philadelphia’s Premier Goth Industrial Dance Party

Transmission – A Dark Danse Party

LATE NIGHT SHOW: Automelodi, Bootblacks at Saint Vitus

Retro Friday- Ed Wood

March 10th

Myles Sergé aka Translate

Watchout!

The Shakedown 16 YEAR Anniversary!

The Red Party: Welcome to the Reptile House: A Night of Sisters!

Automelodi / IXVLF / Lunacy – plus DJs

The Labyrinth No.6

Output Grayscale | Rødhåd/ Kobosil/ Monoloc at Output and Sven Weisemann (Open to Close) in The Panther Room

March 11th

Plan 9 from Outer Space- featuring Rifftrax!

The Barbary Presents: Drag-aoke !

610 Underground: Pop Up in Allentown

March 14th

Mad World – a New Wave Party

March 15th

Wonderlust w/ Mr. Falcon, Aziz + The Wonder Bars (DJ SET)

Night Sins, Remote Control, Cheeky at Ortlieb’s

Feels Good: Groovy Dance Jams w/ Maggs Bruchez

WET DREAM [DRAG SHOW + DANCE PARTY]

March 16th

Nightmares On Wax with Attic Tapes at Underground Arts

The Magic Message presents: Paradise at The Dolphin

Resonate presents: Robert Manos + Adred & Ray Uptown

Say Less x Most Excellent

March 17th

Martial Canterel // Void Vision // Plastic Ivy

March 31st

Shadowland Lancaster with Guest DJ Diesel

DNCE w. Francisco Collazo at Liaison Room

Next Up: Infrared w. Joe Pompeo, Who’s Who, BeeTee Beats

Goodie no.93 : 6 Year Anniversary

Goodie is a very dope Philly party crew that does a lot of things right. From the sound to the music, they put on events that remain professional while still laying in the underground. They are an essential part of the community.

This particular event was an insightful one for me.

Goodie no.93 : 6 Year Anniversary

In order to get into the party, you needed to have a special Goodie key card that would be for you and a +1. Going to Goodie was a last minute plan for me, so big ups to fellow party friend Ily for gifting me his access card.

The party started around 11. I got there unusually late for myself. Friends who know me will tell you I’m always the first one at the party. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

As far as DIY party spaces go, this one was ideal. Definitely enough room to move around with a decent bathroom situation. Free water was offered. Something I always appreciate is when a crew understands that you don’t have to turn up the music to insane levels. Goodie knows that loudness doesn’t always make for a better or more hype time. The music consistently stayed at a proper volume. Just another testament to the professional vibes of Goodie.

Great space, great music. The crowd was…interesting. When I came in I noticed a disproportionate amount of 20 something white dudes. Not necessarily a problem on its own, diversity rules tho. I wasn’t really feeling some of the leering/”I’m trying to bang” vibes I was picking up on. HOWEVER, I will say that despite my discomfort with all that, I never felt unsafe or at risk. Nobody put their hands on me, and Goodie is a crew that advocates safe spaces and consensual parties.

I quickly found my people though, and I made some great new friends. We talked about some important issues surrounding the community. Specifically party volume level (Goodies excels at this), dancefloor etiquette (this is a thing that I will touch upon in a future post), and how to respect different body types in a space we are all navigating.
The person I talked to about this commented that some places get really crowded, and if you’re of a larger stature, it can get hairy sometimes. It can’t always be helped that you may knock into someone, but being polite is key. As a smaller person, I can also get behind this sentiment as well. It’s ok if I can’t see the DJ or visuals but please let me get through, ya know? The club space is for everyone, no matter what size you are. It’s extremely important to mind your P’s and Q’s when people are moving throughout. Nobody needs a dose of salt if honest mistakes happen like a drink getting spilled or someone trips over you. Thank

Speaking of nightlife topics, 24HrPhl has a great survey up in relation to the nightlife. It’s open for anyone to take, whether you are a patron, DJ, promoter, or whatever your heart desires. It’s fun and only took me a few minutes to fill out.

Anywho. Goodie’s 6 year anniversary was a solid time.  I was sad I missed seeing Sean Thomas (of Rizumu) DJ but I am but a baby grandma who needed her sleep. I can’t wait for the Goodie. See you there!

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