Re-Make/Re-Model – 47 Central now Cirque, and Northern Nights opens on Lynnway

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One may miss the old places and their old faces, but nightlife must remain forever fresh to survive and a reinvention every once in a while is a necessary good. It’s an extraordinarily rare club that should be preserved. Perhaps the Rat from back when Kenmore was Kenmore, but then again, they should have saved Kenmore – or maybe Man Ray, CBGB’s, The Pyramid (still around!), Studio 54, and the original Chaps? Forgive me, I haven’t been in Boston that long. I don’t know how many times Chaps moved. I know it’s probably only a matter of time before the dismantled CBGB’s bathroom winds up in the Smithsonian, though. I guess having something you pissed on-IN, in that museum is a bit of a punk victory? But, I’m talking about a different sort of alternative scene, now. I have to remind myself of that, because while I may not be an insider to it or exactly the target demo, I’ve had the opportunity to enjoy it. It’s been a while, but I had good times at Buzz, Chaps, whatever it was that was near the Victoria Diner, Man Ray, Emerson College (a little Emerson humor – I went there)…

Then, I moved to Lynn. Since then, Cronin’s is Fenix. Gulu turned to Turbine. Sidestreet’s gone. Ceaser’s is going Greek. Kevin’s Place has been open, closed, then open, then closed again, and open (seriously, Kevin…). And Fran’s is still Fran’s Place.

The big news tonight, is that 47 Central is now just an address for a place called Cirque, and the recently opened Northern Nights at 649 Lynnway is underway.

Northern Nights owners owners Amanda Stevens and Kristina Cahill say their goal is “That you have a night never-to-be-forgotten. ” It’s in a former fast food location and hasn’t completely shed the look, but it has worked well with it. There’s been a few nightspots there before, including a latin club and another gay club.  In the front, there’s a nice outdoor area with tables and umbrellas. Streetside, there’s a sign that looks like it belongs on the Lynnway. They’ve been open seven days a week since October 28th with a full kitchen from 2 to 10pm and a different theme or entertainment for each night of the week. Thursday is theme night, so expect that night to vary. Otherwise, the schedule looks like this:

Monday night is game night starting at 8pm
Tuesday Night is half price appetizers (Editor: “We usually charge for that kind of listing!”)
Wednesday Night is dinner and a movie night
Thursday night is theme night
Friday night is a dance night with DJ Jay
Saturdays start with a drag show at 8pm followed by a DJ Cliff
Sundays begin with a brunch at 11am, then a tea dance at 4pm with change over to Karaoke from 8 to close.

Cirque has gone full reno, gutting more than originally planned in 47 Central after finding a few surprises along the way that delayed the opening. From the press release: “The custom built bar will feature a 60-square-foot Canterbury Cambria quartz bar top accentuated by cranberry glossed walls, exposed brick, crystal chandeliers, a newly installed floor and contemporary lounging including new couches to match the new contour.”

Their Halloween rendition of The Rocky Horror Picture show had to be moved to the black box theatre in LynnArts at the last minute, but tonight’s the night. The old 47 Central website now says “11.11.11 Stay Tuned.” It’s DJ Mark Anthony kicking things off with no cover.

While continuing a rotation of DJ’s new and familiar, the biggest change at Cirque may be “…a variety of entertainment every Sunday after the opening in November and continuing on select Sundays thereafter starring well-known cabaret artists Carol O’Shaughnessy with Tom LaMark, Dorothy Miller with Michael Larson, Bobby Femino and Brian Patton.” In addition to the Sunday series, they’ll be bringing live entertainment in to join their DJ’s on other nights. This Saturday brings the famous Martha Wash, known for “It’s Raining Men,” and Wednesday November 23rd Shannon joins DJ Mark Anthony. You may know Shannon from the 80’s tune, “Let the Music Play.” (I remember roller skating to it at birthday parties in elementary school.)

Cirque and Northern Nights have been good at sending their entertainment schedules to LynnHappens (others need reminding, ahem), so check the calendar often to see what else is happening.

Anyone get the reference in the headline without having to look it up? No cheating!

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  10 comments for “Re-Make/Re-Model – 47 Central now Cirque, and Northern Nights opens on Lynnway

  1. December 28, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Where did you hear that?

  2. curiosity
    December 28, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Sorry to Hear that Cirque AKA 47 Central is Closing. I have fond memories. Hope the old gang finds their way down to Northern Nights for future fun

  3. November 15, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    You got it!

  4. rburns
    November 15, 2011 at 7:57 am


  5. MassGrrl
    November 12, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Sporters! I lived right above it in college!!! LOL

  6. November 12, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Yes! But what band was he in that released it in 1972? Hint: Brian Eno was an original member. Bryan Ferry also re-released it for a 1976 album under his own name..

  7. November 12, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    The headline reference is to an early 70s song by Brian Ferry (maybe Bryan). I miss Playland, Sporters, Haymarket and the Hillbilly Ranch!!!

  8. November 12, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    I miss Playland, Sporters, Haymarket and the Hillbilly Ranch!!!

  9. Colleen
    November 12, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Thanks for all the great info Seth. I thought my days and nights at gay bars were over, but I’m a little intrigued by what I’m hearing about these bars, especially Cirque.

  10. MassGrrl
    November 11, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    This is all exciting news and I can’t wait to check these places out. Nice Emerson humor! Always love seeing a mention of my alma mater!

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