INDUSTRY NEWS
Frankie Knuckles, Godfather of House, Dies at 59

The Godfather of House music, Frankie Knuckles, passed away yesterday afternoon, March 31st, at the age of 59. It is believed he died due to complications with type II diabetes.

Frankie Knuckles was a successful NYC disco DJ in the 70’s, and as disco began to struggle, Knuckles opened his own club in Chicago, The Warehouse, where he could play his own style of music. His first forays involved remixing his favorite tracks simply to extend their length, giving world and soul music the traditional disco treatment. This latter-day disco fused with soul and became its own genre, so strongly associated with the Warehouse that it was dubbed House music. As his music grew in popularity and reputation, the black, gay audience of the Warehouse became increasingly white and straight, and Knuckles left in 1982.

GET THE PARTY STARTED
Chi-Town Bar Crawl

On Saturday, October 27th, Chi-town pub lovers will delight in the bar crawl of all bar crawls, the Chicago Halloween Bar Crawl. The binge fest begins at 12 p.m. and you better believe that marathon drinkers will go the full liquor-laden length, until 6 p.m.

NIGHT STALKER
Gin & Tonics On Tap, On Hold

In the most recent case of, ‘who knew?’ last Monday, the State Liqour Authority requested that Gin Palace turn off its gin and tonic tap due to its illegality.

According to a Prohibition-era law (really?), serving cocktails from one bottle into another is against the law, which is bad news for plenty of other lounges around the city that offer cocktails on tap.

Gin Palace owner, Ravi DeRossi doesn’t think what they were doing was illegal and plans to fight the ruling at a July 20th hearing.

ALL ACCESS PASS
Superstar DJ David Morales Makes Some 'Changes'

David Morales: I think it’s great that there’s been a progression and acknowledgement in America, I just think the sounds are a bit limited. I think there’s more to be learned and exposed, and more room to grow.

CULTURE CLUB
The Revival of 'Someone Who'll Watch Over Me'

Canal Park Playhouse and The TRUF are going to be presenting the first NY revival of Someone Who'll Watch Over Me, written by Frank McGuinness and directed by Justin Lauro. The show, which has not been seen in New York since its Tony Award-nominated Broadway premiere in 1993, explores the bonds between an Englishman, an Irishman, and an American (sounds like the start to a good joke, right?) who are held as political prisoners in Beirut.

Their captors use silence as a weapon and the men's survival depends on their communication with one another and create unbreakable friendships in terrible circumstances. The show stars Patrick Taylor, Timothy Riley and Alex Teachey.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Crawl Your Way Through Brooklyn's Finest Eateries

Tickets are now available for Bon Appétit’s three day, pub-inspired grub crawl through Brooklyn. During the first weekend in June, grub enthusiasts will have a chance to get up close and personal with Brooklyn’s most buzz-worthy chefs. Eat and drink your way through three Brooklyn neighborhoods while taking a peek inside the kitchens that have create the delicious foods that have put the borough on the culinary hotspot map. On Saturday night, stick around after the food stops for a concert and DJ performance at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory starting at 9 p.m.

IN THE MIX
Party RX: Your WMC Opening Weekend Party Guide

The lineup for Electric Beach is:

When he first developed his recipe for success in 1993, it was a musical style unheard of and openly welcomed. Nearly three decades later, Tenaglia continues to lay down his heart-racing, blood-pumping beats worldwide. Come to The Surfcomber Pool to see Tenaglia and friends spin their freshest mixes for all to enjoy.

THE HOT SPOT
The Hamptons 2011: Your Guide to This Summer's Hot Spots

Summer is officially here and that means weekend Hamptons trips are in full swing. And it's about time. After a record-breaking winter, we're all ready to trade our wool coats for swim trunks, bikinis and flip-flops. Everyone, we're pleased to announce, the wait is over! The party has started.

So if you've been too busy trying to stay dry or longingly staring out the window wondering when you'd see the sun again, we have you covered. From what's new and hot, to what's returning in full glory -here's your guide to what's happening in the Hamptons this Summer!

INDUSTRY NEWS
Return of Celebrity Rehab

Rachel Uchitel? Janice Dickinson? Frankie Lons? Do these names ring any bells? If they don't now, they sure will soon. All of these people will soon be starring in the new season of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.

This is the fourth season of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew (really, more crazy celebs?) Other celebrities in this year's cast include Eric Roberts, Jeremy London and Jason Wahler.

Along with Dr. Drew, Drug Counselor Bob Forrest and Resident Technician Shelly Sprague will be there to treat the patients.

GROUPIE
Black Francis Fills Joe's Pub