Eenie Meenie Miney Moe Lovers of the sort of fetishy frolicking offered at "Bondage A Go-Go" (BAGG) at the Trocadero every Wednesday night will now have another option in the middle of the dreary work week. Marie and Mike Powers, owners of the sprawling 38,000-square-foot SOMA sex club called the Power Exchange, have launched a DJ/fetish night, also called "Power Exchange," at the DNA Lounge. This will be great for folks who just can't get enough music, cocktails, and public bum-paddling -- except that, like BAGG, the DNA's Power Exchange is also being held on Wednesday nights. Regarding the competition, BAGG founder Damon Boyle says: "The indication is that we're doing something wrong. It kind of makes me feel bad." Indeed, the Power Exchange hot line implies that Bondage A Go-Go leaves something to be desired: "If BAGG-in' it just ain't cuttin' it, we suggest Exchangin' it." Marie Powers claims that the message was merely retaliation for a flier that BAGG circulated, which the Power Exchange found insulting. "Yeah, we ran a somewhat contentious flier awhile back," says BAGG co-promoter George Lazaneo. "The [regular] Power Exchange is a sex club that promotes itself as a mainstream experience. Some of our customers went down to check it out, and they had a bunch of raincoat guys following them around with their dick in their hands. They were not happy, so we did the flier. At the same time, though, we have allowed the Power Exchange to pass out handbills at our club. We have invited them to do demonstrations here. We try to be supportive of the community as a whole. That's why it's such a slap in the face that they would decide to compete with us directly. We don't claim to be anything that we're not. Bondage A Go-Go is a springboard, a place for newcomers to begin experimenting." Like BAGG, the DNA's Power Exchange will offer DJ dancing -- although Marie Powers says that there will be "no goth," since DJ Jamie of "Relapse" will be spinning house -- and an upstairs VIP lounge where people will be welcome to "spank, whip, flog, and bite." Unlike BAGG, a strict dress code will be enforced upstairs to cut down on gawkers. "I would've completely understood if [the Power Exchange] had just picked a different night," says Boyle. "There doesn't have to be a division within the community." "We had tried Tuesday nights," says Marie Powers, "but we didn't want to compete with 'Trannyshack' at the Stud. We want to hit a different crowd than Bondage A Go-Go. We want to incorporate all the different people that come to the Power Exchange -- gays, transsexuals, bisexuals, lesbians, and straights. In the future, we'll be changing the theme of the VIP lounge on a regular basis. We might have male strippers one night and a tranny show the next." Lazaneo counters: "We've done all that stuff. I think that [the Powers] saw a successful nightclub [in BAGG] and they decided to try and cash in. It's like deciding to open 'Spundaes' on Sunday night. Hey, it's already happening, folks." In order not to compete with their own business at DNA, the Power Exchange sex club will be reserved for couples only on Wednesday nights (except for the gay-only portion, which will offer business as usual). (S.T.)
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