Newark Bound VG - 2016 Winter | Spring

Hearts of Darkness

Carrie Stetler 2016-01-20 10:53:11

A Newark goth club offers an alternative to romance On Valentine’s Day at QXT’s, don’t expect roses and candy hearts—unless, perhaps, the roses are black and the hearts are impaled with a stake. The club at 248 Mulberry Street is the only Goth/industrial nightspot in the metro region. How Goth is it? One of its dance floors is called “the crypt” and there’s a DJ named Damian Plague. If you’re looking for something edgier than candlelight and a table for two, this is the place to be. A fixture on the outskirts of the Ironbound for more than 25 years, QXT’s—named for its former incarnation, Don Quixote’s restaurant—caters to a to a close-knit community of alternative music fans. But it draws a more mainstream crowd for its regular 1980s and ‘90s dance nights, when patrons groove to the downbeat hits of Depeche Mode, the Cure, and ‘90s grunge and club music. On February 14, the mood will lighten a little with a “love gods and goddesses” celebration that will be “toga-ish,” but devoid of any frat-party vibes, promises club promoter Krys Przybylski. Guests will dress up as their favorite deity d’ amour, and there will be prizes, “which I’m sure will entail chocolate,’’ she said, noting that Cupid is also expected to make an appearance. Cover charge is $10, and women are admitted free until 11 p.m. Valentines and goth clubs aren’t so incongruous, said Przybylski. After all, the morbid themes of gothic art and literature were a mainstay of the 19th century Romantic Movement. The style, in fact, was sometimes called “dark romanticism.’’ The vampires of Dracula author Bram Stoker, the haunted lover of Edgar Allen Poe’s Annabel Lee, and the protagonists of Wuthering Heights all search for love—and blaze with passion—against a backdrop of desolation, death and despair. “It’s about eternity, and the eternal existence of love,’’ according to Przybylski. More exciting than a Hallmark card any day.

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