Nonsense NYC, the self-described "discriminating resource for independent art, weird events, strange happenings, unique parties, and senseless culture in New York City," posted about the benefit for Carlos that is taking place Sunday. Read it below. There's some good info, and compelling reasons to go to the benefit, even if you don't know our man, Carlos. Also, make sure to check out Nonsense NYC's website. I just found a couple of other events that I might like to attend!
XXXXX SUNDAY, AUGUST 23 XXXXX
Carlos Alvarez 1980 - 2009
A benefit and celebration of life. Carlos Alvarez was one of a kind. New York Night Train’s favorite dancer hands-down was also one heck of a guy and died last week at the age of 29 -- far too soon. Carlos didn’t drink, smoke, do drugs, eat meat, etc. He was a New York nightlife fixture for over a decade, during which his ecstatic personality and wild electric dancing was awe-inspiring, providing a much needed spark to what could have otherwise been a relatively ho-hum dance party scene. Our city and our dance parties will never be the same without him. The door money all goes to pay Carlos’ funeral expenses. And don’t worry, this won’t be a somber affair -- all of Carlos’ favorite friends and DJs will be on hand and Carlos would’ve wanted us to stomp and slide and hoot and howl deep into the morning -- and that’s exactly what we’re gonna do. Join us in celebrating this remarkable person.
DJ Fine Wine, Steve Pestana, Jumpy, J.Stacher, Jimmy T / Das Booty, and more DJing sets of Carlos's favorites and soul classics, after which there'll be some memorial speaking and remembering and a multimedia show. Then Mr. Jonathan Toubin (New YorkNight Train) kicks the party into high gear at midnight. Hope to see you there.
289 Kent Avenue, between South 1st and 2nd streets, Williamsburg, Brooklyln
8-late; $8 admission goes to Carlos's people and further donations welcome but not required
one person's online memorial, with lots of comments: meliferasmusings.blogspot.com/2009/08/rip-carlos-alvarez.html
NOTE: We didn't know Carlos, but people we care about did, and it's clear that not knowing him was our loss. This is what happened: He was dancing and then he wasn't. He was vegan and straight edge and sober. He had a heart attack. These things happen. And they are terrible and what do you do. You get together with your friends and you dance. And you invite anyone who knew Carlos to dance too. And other people who love the same things -- dancing, gardens, very good people -- they can come too. His friends say he would have wanted that. And you dance and you wear a hole in the concrete floor and maybe it makes you feel better and maybe it doesn't. But you do it because that's what you do.
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