L.A. Scene August ’09: Jetsetter, Provincetown, and San Francisco


L.A. Scene is a monthly column that chronicles lesbian nightlife and events of interest in Los Angeles. Sarah Witness, an East Coast transplant and obvious femme, has been navigating the snark infested waters of Hollywood since 2001. Although she’s an NYU trained actress, she prefers sipping vodka and making idle chit-chat at really gay nightclubs.


On July 23rd I attended the new Thursday night lesbian event in West Hollywood called “Jetsetter.”

I don’t know why it’s called that. It was held at the sometimes-restaurant, sometimes-nightclub, Apple. Apple is right across from the biggest and gayest hotspot in West Hollywood, The Abbey, but no one ever seems to have heard of it. It’s a very cool and sprawling space with several bars, several dance floors, lots of plushy booths, and tons of outdoor space.

Jetsetter is promoted by Mariah Hanson, Briana Stockton, and Tracie Ayala. Mariah is the brains behind the Clubskirts weekend at Dinah Shore. You know Briana from Advanced P.E. on AfterEllen. She’s a personal trainer and a nightclub promoter. She clearly needs her Ritalin adjusted.

Over five hundred women (and six or seven guys) showed up to the premiere of Jetsetter. AfterEllen.com’s own Bridget McManus, Karman Kregloe, and Dara Nai were there, along with comedienne Suzanne Westenhoefer.

Everyone mingled pleasantly until suddenly we were corralled with substantial verbal force into one room to watch “the show.” The show involved lots of dancers wearing little shorts.

I’m tired of little girls in little outfits writhing around when I’m busy thinking about what kind of burrito I’m craving. I know. It’s not their fault their bodies are made of steel. Bitches.

Finally the (actually very talented) dancing ladies tuckered themselves out and we were released. Everything got progressively wilder when we started dancing – and by “we” I mean other people.

A very fun, diverse crowd showed up. The same sixty or so people that can always be counted on to show up to every lesbian event of course showed up, but a bunch of new faces were there as well.

I caught up with Mariah Hanson and asked her about what it’s like to promote in Los Angeles. She explained, “We provide a style of parties that the LA girls really appreciate. We bring together so many different types of women, of all backgrounds and ages, and somehow a vibe is created where everyone appreciates the differences and just lets loose.”

The future of Jetsetter is uncertain for now, as Apple is closed for renovations. Regardless, these three can be counted on to come back with something excellent.

I went with the bean and cheese burrito. I have no idea what went down on Santa Monica Blvd for the rest of the month. My guess is that The Abbey was mobbed, the rrrrrrrroses lady soldiered on, and East West continued to smell like patchouli and dormant sewage, but everyone went there anyway.

I, on the other hand, decided to do some Jetsetting of my own and booked some flights out of Dodge.