N.Y. Scene is a monthly column that chronicles events of interest for lesbian and bi women in New York. Grace Chu has come out of lesbian scene retirement to navigate the vast and ever-evolving New York City scene, so you don’t have to.
Justin v. Justin @ Choice C–ts, Tammany Hall, New York, NY. Sept. 3, 2011
What is the most Sapphic party concept possible? Two for one microbrews for anyone sporting a fauxhawk? No, silly — it’s a Justin face off, as in Justin Timberlake versus Justin Bieber. One Justin has been named one of the Top 10 Lesbian-ish Men and the other Justin has a website dedicated to lesbians who look like him. Since lesbians are also overly competitive at things that don’t matter, a royal rumble between Timberlake and Bieber clones is hands down the most lesbian-ish party theme ever conceived.
On September 3, throngs of lesbians dressed as their favorite Justins descended upon Tammany Hall and watched local musicians duke it out on stage with their renditions of Bieber and Timberlake. The famed Kaki King, named one of “The New Guitar Gods” by Rolling Stone, was tapped to be the celebrity judge, but one of her tires blew out on the Long Island Expressway. (As locals know, the Expressway is anything but express, so it is apropos that its acronym is LIE.)
Nevertheless, the show went on. Local singer songriter Julia Weldon, who has booked gigs at esteemed venues such as Webster Hall and Mercury Lounge, won with her rendition of Bieber’s “Never Say Never,” and Lyris Hung came in a close second with a searing rendition of Timberlake’s “Cry Me a River.”
Photos by Maro Hagopian from Choice C–ts Justin v. Justin are below. Try not to get lovestoned.