Riddle me this: Why do the best dance clubs in Los Angeles tend to be gay clubs? A visit to Michelle's XXX Revue may hold the answer.
At Michelle's, a Tuesday night dance party held at the 7969 club--still commonly known as Peanuts--it's all about freedom of expression. Its clientele, which is predominantly composed of black lesbians, set the tone, and the attitude clearly is "be who you are."
Insecurities about attractiveness, a common symptom of most traditional dance clubs, seem irrelevant here. Women, as we know, come in all sizes, shapes and colors, and that fact is celebrated at Michelle's all night long. Founded by 7969 promoter Michelle Levy, who began working at the club in her teens 15 years ago, Michelle's celebrates its fifth anniversary this week, and its staying power has something to do with its entertainment package, so to speak.
Unlike a lot of clubs, Michelle's starts jumpin' from the moment the doors open at 9 p.m., and continues until closing at 2 a.m. The deejay's soulful blend of contemporary hip-hop and older R&B keeps the dance floor crowded, but its peak time occurs at midnight, when Michelle's signature burlesque show, an event that is more "show" than "peep," gets up and running.