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Fired by Jim Fouratt during the attempt to open Danceteria, Bobby Bradley and Alan Mace took over down-and-out bar the Pyramid Cocktail Lounge, relaunching the Avenue A spot on 10 December. The opening-night party blended Western movies, drag queen performances, and DJ-ing in the back room. Demand soon surpassed all expectations and by the spring the spot matched Danceteria’s seven-nights-a-week parade. As it became clear that Pyramid was part of a broader East Village reaction against West Village gay culture, Bradley and Mace hired the Mudd Club’s Ivan Baker as their principal DJ. Over at the Fun Gallery, meanwhile, Patti Astor and Bill Stelling mixed shows by downtown artists Arch Connelly and Jane Dickson with the graffiti brigade, with Basquiat putting on a show in November. Also making strides, Keith Haring staged an exhibition at Tony Shafrazi’s new SoHo gallery.

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