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Alan Cumming’s Club Cumming Is Getting Closer

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Eastern Bloc, its future home, closes Sunday

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Proving New York is the best city on Planet Earth, the East Village will soon be home to Club Cumming, the aptly-named upcoming club from actor Alan Cumming. Cumming has teamed up with the owners of gay bar Eastern Bloc (505 East 6th Street), which has announced that it closes Sunday and will then flip to this new fantasy salon concept.

Cumming first concocted Club Cumming in his Cabaret dressing room, where he put together a late-night hang with celebrity friends that featured his own branded cups and napkins, vegan soup, a Campari sponsorship, a neon sign, and even a doorman. He went so far as to collaborate with Fishs Eddy on a designed line for the idea and has even hosted versions in Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Edinburgh, Scotland.

When Club Cumming makes its debut, expect “a mixture of performance, DJs, [and] theme nights and as eclectic and unexpected as Alan himself.” According to Cumming’s rep, “Alan wants it to be a home for everyone of all ages, all genders, all sexualities, who all enjoy letting go and making some mischief. No judgments, no attitude, no rules, except kindness, acceptance and fun.”

Eastern Bloc has been a popular gay haven for years, and its closure is sure to cause some sadness and outrage. But Out magazine reports that Club Cumming will still be a very gay-friendly gathering space. Co-owner and notorious promoter Daniel Nardicio assures the magazine: “We want to make things more chic, like a Kit Kat Club-style dressing room and a bathroom redone by a major cosmetics firm. And we’ll bring back Reading For Filth, the reading series Brian Butterick did, as well as having all sorts of live performances, like Brian Newman, who’s Lady Gaga’s trumpet player/jazz band leader, and hopefully Amanda Lepore’s CD release party.”

Club Cumming

505 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009

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