Sure, you can be as odd as you want here, but if you tell a regular it's your first time at QXT's, the first thing they'll tell you it’s a safe space where you can be yourself, dance without feeling self-conscious and make some new friends along the way. "If you come in, you’re not going to leave the building without making friends, and it’s not just because you’re drinking," owner Rolando Manna, of Closter, said. He's right. I rarely go to nightclubs — Netflix is usually my preferred social space — but the night I went to QXT's was the first time I was genuinely sad to be leaving a club. As we headed back to my car, my friend turned to me and said, "Why is everyone here so stinkin' nice?" As we sat at the bar, New York City-based drag queen and QXT’s regular Jacqueline Dupree recalled the first time she visited. “When I started coming here, I thought 'what am I getting into?'” she said. "But the second I … [Read more...] about I visited N.J.’s greatest goth nightclub for Halloween. Here’s what happened.
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At first Lia thought it was a scam. Do you want to learn how to sing properly? Do you want to take the next step into the entertainment industry? What are you going to do today? Do what you love! A friend had spotted the ads for Born Star Training Center on Facebook and forwarded her a link. Had the note arrived a week earlier, when she was still in the hurricane tunnel of college finals, she would have trashed and forgotten it. But now Lia found herself in an unaccustomed lull. Lia Li was born in Kuala Lumpur to a Chinese mother and a Malaysian father. By the time she entered college, she spoke four languages fluently and had attended schools in five countries, yet she always tells people she grew up in Manhattan, the city where her memories began. Her Nineties childhood was happily overrun with the kudzu of American culture: *NSync and Backstreet Boys, Barbie and Pokémon. Lia’s father was a real estate developer. Her mother, originally a doctor, joined the UN and became a … [Read more...] about So You Wanna Be a K-Pop Star?
Jimmy Fallon has a bone to pick with kids’ books: They make him weepy. “There are a couple that are just so sad, I can’t have ’em in the house,” says the scrubbyhaired “Tonight Show” host, kicking back in his 30 Rock office before his afternoon show taping. “I can’t do it. ‘The Giving Tree’? Devastating!” The 43-year-old comic’s two daughters, who are 3 and 4 years old, will clamor for bedtime stories from Dad — and sometimes he can barely make it through. “I was just reading a book to one of my kids, something about how you can wish on a star. I’m like, ‘We wished for you,’ ” he says, his voice going verge-of-tears wobbly, “‘and you’re the dream that came true!’ My kid’s looking at me like, are you having a stroke?” Behold, a squishy side to the guy long defined by his impish grin, endless goofiness and palpable joy in spoofing songs, … [Read more...] about Jimmy Fallon on fatherhood, comedy and his seriously genius inventions