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NYC’s Club Cumming Needs Your Help to Bring Live Performances Back to Its East Village Stage

Is Club Cumming open or closed? Alan Cumming’s East Village haunt has met an obstacle on its journey to becoming one of New York’s preeminent queer nightlife destinations. Since opening last August, the bar has had to cease all live performances and DJ sets because it never received the proper permitting.

But all hope is not lost. There’s a way for people to help out the establishment next week — by attending a community board meeting or sending a message of support.

Since opening, Club Cumming quickly become a hotspot in New York City. While other gay bars are closing, the East Village bar quickly amassed a cult following and hosted a myriad of happenings from musical theater open mics to knitting circles. (Yes, knitting circles.)

People from all walks of life pack the small space nightly to catch up-and-coming talent, like the hilarious Cat Cohen, who hosts her own variety show on Wednesdays with hunky Henry Koperski on piano. Others are there hoping to catch a glimpse of a celebrity or two popping in for the night, knowing that Cumming is likely to be behind the bar or the DJ booth.

One particularly star-studded night saw Paul McCartney and Emma Stone stop by to sing some Little Mermaid music.

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Alan Cumming, Paul McCartney and Emma Stone

Buzz among New York City’s queer community has grown, and nightly crowds at Club Cumming have been much larger than those of its predecessor, Eastern Bloc. But the ripple effect of being popular resulted in an exposed loophole: the bar hadn’t obtained the proper licensing to host such stellar programming.

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“Due to rookie mistakes, Alan [Cumming] and I didn’t apply to have live music,” co-owner Daniel Nardicio first told Page Six. “But we feel this is just an oversight.” East Village residents were invited to stop by the bar and sign petitions. But is Club Cumming open or closed?

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At the suggestion of the club’s lawyer, all programming not in line with licensing has stopped, leaving only movie nights, the knitting circle and professional mixers with a Spotify playlist providing the night’s soundtrack.

Via the Club Cumming Instagram page, Cumming himself made a statement regarding the matter, providing an update about where they are in the process with the city.

Cumming writes, “We are very grateful that our case will be heard at the Community Board 3 meeting at 6:30 p.m, on Monday, April 9, 2018, at Perseverance House Community Room 535 East 5th Street  (between Aves A & B). We will be pleading our case for the right to return to live performance at our bar and allow once more our Club Cumming community to thrive.”

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Jake Shears and Wayne Brady at Club Cumming

Cumming urged supporters to attend the meeting or just email a message of support explaining why the bar is important to the community of New York City. “Please come along and support us, especially if you are a resident of the East Village or a close neighbor,” he says. “Or you can send a message of support to clubcummingnyc@gmail.com.”

Club Cumming isn’t just another New York City bar. It’s a community center. The community that gathers there is full of freaks, geeks, misfits, artists, Bohemians, old souls and new talent. Sure, they’re meeting late at night, imbibing over whiskey and bonding over Stephen Sondheim. But with so many gay bars around the world closing, we need establishments like Club Cumming now more than ever.

Let’s hope the music plays once again at Club Cumming.

If you want Club Cumming open, email a message of support.

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