Candy Land

On Saturday, the Green Lantern launches Cotton Candy, the manly bar's first 18-and-up dance party

The Green Lantern bills itself as a place ”where the men play.” But on Saturday, Aug. 21, the boys will be there too, lured by the prospect of candy. Cotton candy, to be exact.

”Basically, Cotton Candy is an experiment for the Green Lantern — it will be their first 18-and-up dance party,” says nightlife promoter Jacob Nathaniel Pring, who is throwing the new party upstairs at the Lantern with Allie Wilson. The two, ages 35 and 32 respectively, co-produce an 18-and-up cocktail party every Monday at U Street’s Tabaq Bistro. They saw a need for a Saturday night dance party for the under-21 set — and the men who like them, of course.

”This will be a young, hip, club night,” says Pring. In other words, expect lots of Lady Gaga and pop from the party’s DJs, David Merrill and Brian Yamasaki. They also promise videos from Titan Media on the TV screens. But unlike other Pring-promoted events, notably Green Lantern’s monthly Code party, don’t expect any leather. ”We’re going to have a bunch of young go-go boys running around in their cute little underwear or Speedos,” he says.

”What we’re trying to do is make it fun and appealing for the younger crowd,” says Wilson. ”I have [under-21] friends who say there isn’t much to do [on Saturdays].”

Naturally, the pair will be offering the treat that gives the party its name. In fact, Wilson says eventually they hope to have their own cotton candy machine. (For now, they’ll buy it pre-made.)

”We just thought it’d be fun to go with a carnival kind of a theme,” Pring says. ”A younger, fun thing to do.”

Here kiddy, kiddy….

Cotton Candy is every third Saturday starting this Saturday, Aug. 21, from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m., upstairs at the Green Lantern, 1335 Green Court NW. Cover is $10. Visit greenlanterndc.com.

Doug Rule is a theater critic and contributing editor for Metro Weekly.

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