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The Story of NYC's Biggest Music Venue That Almost Never Happened

After a shaky start, Cityfox finally have the green-light to open the Brooklyn Mirage. But it took more than money to get there.
Anna Codrea-Rado
Will Caiger-Smith
4.12.17
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Montreal's Stonewall: How the Sex Garage Raid Mobilized a Generation of LGBT Activists

What we can learn from the aftermath of the July 1990 police attack on an after-hours party 27 years later.
Denise Benson
3.14.17
Dancing VS the State

Inside the German Electro Classic That Taught Anti-Fascists How to Party

Ten years ago, Egotronic came out with a song that had a lasting impact on the way Germany’s (radical) left-wing scene thinks about parties and electronic music
Richard Diesing
3.10.17
Dancing VS the State

You Have Rights When You're at The Club—Know Them

Stand your ground when you’re out with these tips from nightlife attorney Cameron Bowman.
Anna Codrea-Rado
3.10.17
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We Talk About How to Party Safer on Episode 3 of The Thump Podcast

DanceSafe's Kellye Green and the Drug Policy Alliance Stefanie Jones join THUMP to talk harm reduction and drug policing at the club.
THUMP Staff
3.10.17
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How to Throw a Party That's Safe—No Matter Where You're Throwing It

Architect S. Surface gives us their best tips for fire safety, proper exits, disability accessibility, and more.
Ezra Marcus
3.9.17
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7 Movie Scenes That Show the Uneasy Relationship Between Clubs and the Law

The movies show nightclubs as places of vigilante justice, tax evasion scandals, and political resistance—just like real life.
Tina Hassannia
3.9.17
Dancing VS the State

The Racist Legacy of NYC’s Anti-Dancing Law

The cabaret law—and its prejudicial history—is one of the city's darkest secrets.
Eli Kerry and Penn Bullock
3.8.17
Dancing VS the State

Looking Back at the Legal Bill that Killed off British Rave Culture

We examine the four pages of documents that effectively put an end to the golden days of the UK party scene.
Josh Baines
3.8.17
Dancing VS the State

The Lessons 'Footloose' Can Teach Us About Political Resistance

After a law banning dancing threatened a Valentine's Day event in Oklahoma—in 2017—we look to the goofy musical for answers.
Sean Egan
3.8.17
Dancing VS the State

Are Sex Parties Legal? We Spoke to A Veteran Promoter To Find Out

Sex-positive communities navigate a complex set of archaic laws regulating morality.
Sophie Weiner
3.8.17
Dancing VS the State

How Toronto's Electronic Community Fought the City's Rave Ban and Won

An oral history of the 2000 iDance Rally that brought together DJs, music lovers, and politicians.
Benjamin Boles
3.8.17
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