Pansexual Healing

Steven Rogers never does anything small, especially when it comes to his nightlife endeavors. Over the past 15 years, the nightclub guru has spared no expense in creating pulchritudinous pansexual playpens in which Valley urbanites can dance and dance until dawn, ranging from the tony Amsterdam to the gorgeously gothic Palazzo. His latest project, Sanctum, is no exception, as Rogers dug deep into his bank account to transform the bygone E-Lounge, 4343 North Seventh Avenue, into a splendorous, church-like den of debauchery that’s a mix of the sinful and saintly influences.

Besides dropping an estimated six figures on a Funktion-One sound system, he also scoured the Internet to snatch up fixtures and furnishings from decommissioned churches throughout Europe and mixed them with paintings of satyrs and other Pagan imagery to create a dope danceteria that’s like Aleister Crowley and Dante’s Inferno meeting a Hieronymus Bosch painting. “People sometimes ask me, ‘Where do you come up with this shit?’” Rogers says. “All I can say is that I’ve always tried to instill a deep undercurrent of sexiness in my clubs.”

The hedonistic hangout will serve as the perfect setting for Sanctum’s sinful Friday-night soiree Pagan’s Playground, which features Kevin Brown and Chris Shannon raining down tribal-house beats for goddesses and Goths alike.

Fridays, 8 p.m.-4 a.m., 2009


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