New Mardi Gras needs $150,000 by 28 October and Arq nightclub and the cream of Sydney’s community performers have come to the party to help raise the cash. The party starts at 8pm Thursday 17 October, hosted by Claire de Lune, Verushka Darling and Fragile Freda Free. Check the list of performers: Vida Las Vegas, Shelly Legs Diamond, Atlanta Georgia, Penny Clifford, Svetlana, Rusty Boxx, Tia Latitsia, Joyce Maynge, Daisy Fantayzee, Lana Lavlips, Portia Turbo, Farren Heit, Wyness Mongrel-Bitch, Miss 3D and her boyfriends, the casts of Rocky Horror and This Is Our Life, Mitzi Macintosh, Charisma Bell, Millenia, Cleopatra Coupe, Sandy Toggs, Freda Corset, Chelsea Bun, Trudi Valentine, Vanity Faire and Courtney Act. The DJ line-up is Jake Kilby, Peter Farris, Paul Goodyear, Alex Taylor and Roger Z, and Shauna Jensen will perform. Around 11pm the auction squad takes over the Vortex to sell off donated products and services including air fares and vouchers. Entry is by donation, $10 minimum, and a fabulous night out is guaranteed.