Story by Caitlin Agnew. Photography by Jen Arron.
Last week, I stayed up way past my bedtime to catch Sasha Grey‘s DJ set at the Drake Hotel. While I knew of Sasha from her starring role in Steven Soderbergh’s The Girlfriend Experience, she’s known to most people through her work in adult entertainment—that, and her racy American Apparel ads. I couldn’t help but wonder: What exactly does one wear to see a DJ set by someone known for not wearing anything at all?
After making my way past the inscrutable security outside, I saw Keanu Reeves checking in with the concierge in the lobby. Is he a secret Sasha fan? Thanks to my press pass, I was kept in the VIP section, far away from her many, many male fans. I was very grateful.
The room was tense with anticipation for Sasha’s arrival and, when she finally made it in after 2:30 a.m. she couldn’t have been more delightful.
To start with, she’s gorgeous in person. And it was obvious that she really loves music. While that was a nice surprise, Sasha’s eclectic set was also, in some ways, a waste—most guests were more interested in getting a shot of her on their BlackBerrys than dancing to Bauhaus. After opening with the Beastie Boys’s “Boomin’ Granny,” Sasha played anthems and little-known gems by the likes of Blondie, James Brown, New Order, and Death from Above 1979.
Celebrity DJs are always hit or miss, but Sasha Grey is the real thing.
Below, more snaps from inside the Drake.
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