Date: April 20th 2012

Hello lovelies,

The Drowned Ball is tomorrow, SQUEE! We've been wanting to do a party like this for a few years, so to see it finally materialize is very exciting. There are still tickets left, but the party was a critics' pick in both Village Voice - - and TimeOut this week - - so we're not sure how many will be left by tomorrow. We will have door sales, first come, first served. For first class tickets that include the custom art print, here's the link to the gorgeous original:

Our next parties after this are the makeout one for HoS (see link in signature) and a Cinco de Mayo loft-party-in-a-construction-zone. Details below.


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The Drowned Ball
A grandiose remembrance of 100 anniversary of RMS Titanic's first and last voyage

Sat, April 21, Zanger Hall, 347 West 34th St, 9pm-3am, 21+ Tickets $25-85 presale / $10 more at door, if left / $15 at door after 12am

Details: FB: Tix: Poster art preview: Twitter: (#DrownedBall)

The greatest ship ever built sets sail once more. In the grand ballroom, an orchestra plays to slow-swaying aristocracy, all sparkling diamonds and rustling silk, while in steerage below, the lower classes stomp to fiddles and accordions. But mere hours later, disaster strikes, and with no escape possible, mayhem ensues.

Upstairs: waltzes from around the world by Golden Angel Waltz Orchestra. Downstairs: Strung Out String Band whirls you into an old-time vortex as you're surrounded by immersive video projections by Fictive. Asphyxia's Ghost couture apparatus by Kaytee Papusza. DJs to follow on both floors, with a wild remix of early Americana and modern beats: Joro Boro, $mall ¢hange, DirtyFinger, and Shakey.

In the tradition of turn-of-century Grand Bal art posters, artist duo Teetering Bulb have created a one-of-a-kind painting to commemorate the event. Skink Ink Fine Art Printing ran a limited unnumbered edition of 50 12x18 prints on archival cotton rag paper, only available to event guests as bundled with 1st class tickets ($50) or at the event, if any left ($60).

Ticket levels*: 1st & 2nd classes board 9pm, and enjoy an hour of complimentary champagne, and a waltz dance class at 9:30: $85 with custom art print; $35 without. Steerage boards 10pm: $25. If any tickets are available at door, they're $10 more; only $15 after 12am. This event will sell out.

Dress code: Turn-of-century-ball meets Mermaid Parade meets zombies. Dress upper class or steerage, before the iceberg or after -- or even as the iceberg itself. Sea creatures most welcome, especially luminescent ones. Ocean explorers, bring your cameras.

*This event is a fundraiser for our new loft party space. Please support at the highest level you can afford.


SHOP: Manhattan Vintage Show Vintage clothing and antique textile show and sale. (Fri 1-8pm, Sat 11am-6pm, Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St, $20)

EVENT: Congress of Curious Peoples Since the 1860's, Coney Island has been a beacon for strange and interesting people. For generations, it has attracted the curious and the enlightened, the onlooker and the performer. Every spring Coney Island USA convenes The Congress of Curious Peoples, a 10-day gathering of unique individuals at Sideshows by the Seashore and the Coney Island Museum, celebrating Coney Island's subversive and exciting power and exploring its political, artistic, and spectacular possibilities through performances, exhibitions, and films by important artists in the world of the 21st century sideshows. Adding to the madness, Coney Island USA introduces the Congress for Curious People. Consisting of a 2-day symposium, this additional congress will take a scholarly yet popular approach to the curiosities and wonders of Coney Island and seek to investigate--via lectures and and a scholarly conference--the relationship between education and spectacle in American amusements, the collection of curios

ities from the renaissance to the present, and the display of "freaks" and "primitive peoples" in fairgrounds and worlds fair settings. The series will celebrate the interdisciplinarity of Dime Museums while calling into question both popular and scholarly assumptions about the importance of Coney Island's legacy, its sordid past, and its titillating present. (Fri-Sun, Sideshows by the Seashore and The Coney Island Museum, 1208 Surf Ave, Coney Island, BK, $5-$25 per event / $75-$100 congressional pass)

tix: Staged in a magnificent cathedral, Mad Sharp Productions presents "Aghoria", a multidimensional performance piece based loosely off the ascetic lifestyle of the Aghori sadhus. Blending theater, dance, and large scale sculpture, Aghoria explores the resonant power of the human mind in a landscape of steel, silk, and symmetry. Written and produced by Linden Renz, directed by Seanna Sharpe, with Sound Design by Brandon Wolcott (Fri-Sun, 626 Bushwick Ave., 8pm doors/8:30pm show, $20-$60)

PARTICIPATORY: iSpy Flux Factory a participatory conceptual game show that brings together live streaming video, consenting audiences, and unsuspecting participants for a rollicking good time through the misuse of surveillance. The federal government has unrestricted access to your email, local police departments can track your phone's location without a warrant, and we freely post our daily minutiae on Facebook anyway. Instead of lamenting that we're sleepwalking into a surveillance state, iSpy repurposes these technologies for an interactive theatrical experience. Come ready to team up and win subversive challenges involving live aerial surveillance, piñatas, World of Warcraft, and many more surprises. Each night, two featured players carry networked cameras in public space, beaming video back to the Flux gallery-turned-game show studio where they coordinate with the rest of their team to score more points. The team with the highest score wins a rare and special prize. (Sat/Sun this weekend &

next, Flux Factory, 39-31 29th Street, Long Island City, Queens, 6pm, FREE)


WORD: Imagining Space
An Evening of Panel Discussion and Presentation. Space is Limited- to RSVP, please email yurisnightnyc@PROTECTED. 7pm: Mingling at our social hour and enjoy the artwork from Alexander Polyakov. 8pm: ART PANEL + QandA, James Vogel, Ted Southern, Jason Silva, 8:50pm: Consider the Source "Music and Math." 9pm: TECHNOLOGY PANEL + QandA, Makenzie Lystrup, 9:3pm: Music, conversation, dancing and compilation video of the history of space flight. Costumes welcome. (The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, 7pm, FREE)


BURLESQUE: The New Nerdlesque Review In the past 3 years there has been an explosion of geeks onto the burlesque scene and it is high time that those newer talents got a chance to shine and be introduced to burlyq fans the world over. The New Nerdlesque Review is a showcase of the best and brightest of the most recent crop of pop culture devotees. The performers in this show, for the most part, have only been in the burlyq scene for a year or less and all of them lovingly embrace their very nerdy interests. Presented by Epic Win Burlesque. Come and hoot, holler and cheer for the newest nerds to hit the stage! Featuring: Stella Chu, Essence Revealed, Bombazeen Bean, Sweet N'lo, Ruby Solitaire, Angelique A'lamode. Hosted by: Nasty Canasta and Nelson Lugo. Kittening provided by Clara Coquette. (R-Bar, 218 Bowery, 7:30pm door/8pm show, $10)

VARIETY: Super Fun Superfund Variety Show, April Extravaganza Carla Rhodes & Cecil Sinclair: vexing ventriloquism, Dale Seever: shocking spirit portraits, Rob Lok: death-defying daredevilry, Adam Kuchler: physics-bending feats, Jeff Seal: side-splitting comedy, David Boyd: mystifying magic, Zero Boy: sound-trip storytelling, Chris Gerhard: violence, tears, and literature, Paris: heart-stopping hip hop juggling, The Bad Advice Column: exactly what it advertises, Sweet Soubrette: songs to inspire and delight, Cobra Gold: songs to befuddle and confuse, and more. Cheap drinks, tasty treats, and fabulous prizes, including one hand-selected mystery treasure from the Film Biz Prop Shop help make Super Fun a night of unbelievable variety entertainment. (Film Biz Prop Shop, 540 President Street, 8pm, $8-12)

DANCE: Swing Remix Dance Party
Music for shaggers, tappers, ballers, and hoppers. The Grand Street Stompers are a good old-fashioned New Orleans kind of swinging hot jazz band, led by fresh-from-New-Orleans trumpeter Gordon Au. Our Dance Workshop will feature Balboa Style with Paolo Pasta Lanna. "Learn some cool components of the Balboa and then we'll work it into your Swing. "This is a class you don't want to miss. (Basic Ballroom, 335 West 35th St, 8:30pm, $14-20 adv/$16-20 door)

VARIETY: The Naked Truth What mysteries lie behind the glitz and glamour of the greatest burlesque stars in the world? All is revealed when game show and burlesque show come together for a night of full disclosure like no other. First, watch in awe as internationally-renowned performers bump and grind, tease and titillate, sway and strip. Then, get in on the action as you try to expose their intimate secrets for the chance to win decadent prizes! You could win over $300 worth of prizes from Babeland, The New York School of Burlesque, Hard Case Crime, Gotham Burlesque, and more! Hosted by Jonny Porkpie with announcer Scott Rayow, and guest stars Julie Atlas Muz, Peekaboo Pointe, Trixie Little & The Evil Hate Monkey, and stage kittens Bunny Buxom and Satira Sin. (The Triad Theater, 158 West 72nd St, 10pm, $35-45)

PARTY/DJ: Playground DJs: Featuring EDDIE ELIAS, Reda Briki & Sid Vaga. What to Expect: Dreamy Playground & Forest, Tall Hot Pink Furrrrrrrrry Lolli-POP trees, Woodsy Trees with Bubbly Balloons Leaves, Floating Flowers, Cupcake and Melting Ice cream Decor, Interactive Games, Black Light. Body Painting by Liquidmatter, Bodyworx,Transformational Bodypainting. What to wear: Haruhiko dream dolls, Subversive Fairies, Wonderland Chic, Sexy, Ballerina, Fantastical Heroes, Fantasy Creatures, Barbies & Kens. Drink special: Lollipop and Sugary Sweet Delights. 21+. (Safe Harbor, 446 Broadway, 10pm-7am, $25)


PERFORMANCE: Alison Knowles - 'Make a Salad' High Line Art invites artists to think of creative ways to engage with the uniqueness of the architecture and design of the High Line and to foster a productive dialogue with the surrounding neighborhood and urban landscape. Fluxus artist Alison Knowles, in collaboration with Jessica Higgins and Joshua Selman, restages Make a Salad, an iconic event originally performed in 1962. The artist chops lettuce and other vegetables to the beat of live music, and then produces a giant salad by tossing the ingredients together in a grand gesture.The audience is invited to take part in the action by eating the finished salad. (The High Line, Chelsea Market Passage, W. 16th St., 10am, FREE)

BURLESQUE: Freshly SLEAZED: The Intro to Boylesk Showcase
Go-Go Harder brings you yet another brawny, ballzy revue that's 100% man--not from concentrate. Featuring his Intro to Boylesk Class students, these novice strip teasers have been learning the A-Z of the G-string for 7 weeks and now finally show YOU what they've learned—and what they're made of. Each boy will perform his own class-crafted Boylesk routine, PLUS, special performances by Go-Go Harder and returning "alum" of the class of 2011. And raffle prizes by The Pleasure Chest, free donut holes and sticky sweet nibbles and treats, and $5 Bloody Mary's and screwdrivers. Come hungry because Harder is serving up a menu that's heavy on the meat with a piece for every appetite. (Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, 1pm door/2pm show, $8)


DANCE: Let Them Eat Cake, A Cabaret Dance Homage to All Things French
The Love Show presents a tribute to the land of baguettes, cigarettes, Marie Antoinettes and all variety of other 'ettes! Featuring: Translated charming & naughty French ballads by Bad Reputation, Angela Harriell & The Love Show Dancers, Emcée, David F. Slone, Esq. (Drom, 85 Avenue A, 9:30pm doors/10pm show, $10)


FILM/PERFORMANCE: The Devil's Carnival
tix: After collaborating on 2008's cult hit Repo! The Genetic Opera, Director Darren Lynn Bousman and writer/actor Terrance Zdunich had nowhere to go but down: all the way to hell! With their signature tastes for horror flicks and rock music, Bousman and Zdunich have fired up an underworld unlike any other in this genre-bending, groundbreaking new film. Sinners are invited to a theme park where they endure the repetition of their transgressions. Lucifer and his colorful cast of singing carnies guide these lost souls through their wild, warped amusement park. The event is a film-plus experience featuring burlesque, special personality meet and greets, Q&A forums, sing-alongs, costume contests, and a whole lot of devilish behavior. Audiences will get to enjoy never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage and bonus features from Repo! The Genetic Opera and an exclusive viewing of The Devil's Carnival. (Times Scare NYC, 669 8th Ave, 7pm & 10pm, $35-45)

DJ: The Warper Party, 6 Year Anniversary Blowout DJ Shakey and BangInclude present New York's largest electronic music showcase. 28+ electronic music acts on multiple floors. Projected Images, Workshops, and Interactive Art too. 21+. (The Delancey, 168 Delancey St, 8pm, FREE)


ART: The Pop-Up Museum of the Gowanus Canal
Working with found materials from all around the Gowanus neighborhood, we will create a new "history" of the region and its traditions (a not entirely serious one). As a collective, we will plow through a century of objects in order to remix in miniature the Gowanus, Observatory, and the whole enterprise of the museum—the whole enterprise of producing, categorizing, and showing off knowledge. Quick, fast, and dirty, the Pop-Up Museum presents the unpresentable: change itself. (thru 4/22, The Observatory, 543 Union Street, enter via Nevins, FREE)

EVENT: The Orchid Show: Patrick Blanc's Vertical Gardens The Orchid Show takes vertical gardens to new heights in its 10th year. Renowned botanist and vertical gardening provocateur Patrick Blanc creates towering spectacles of tropical life. Dangling from Blanc's signature ''green walls,'' thousands of orchids abandon the constraints of gravity. (thru 4/22, New York Botanical Garden, 200th St & Kazimiroff Blvd, Bronx, 10am - 7pm, $20)

THEATER: Prometheus Within By Skysaver Productions. Written, designed and directed by Theodora Skipitares. Music composed by Sxip Shirey. Inspired by Aeschylus' PROMETHEUS BOUND, Theodora Skipitares returns to the subject of medicine, with a look at stem cell science, genetic engineering, and organ theft. With a dazzling array of puppet styles and a bold use of scale, PROMETHEUS features live music composed by Sxip Shirey, multi-dimensional acrobatics by Jonathan Nosan in the title role, and video. PROMETHEUS asks the question: Whose body is it anyway? (Ellen Stewart Theatre, 74A East 4th Street, Thur-Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2:30pm, thru 4/29, $13 student & senior/$18 adult)

THEATER: Julie S. Caesar and the Real housewives of Trevi,
tix: Meet the Real Ladies of Trevi, the pill-popping, chardonnay-swilling, Botox-injecting reality stars who'll cut a bitch for a chance at media glitz. Julie S. Caesar & The Real Housewives of Trevi combines Shakespeare's timeless tragedy of betrayal and politics with Bravo's wildly popular television franchise for a darkly satirical look at those in hot pursuit of fame and the tension between public ambition and personal morality. A site-specific, immersive theater spectacle, the performance leverages Twitter as the new platform for interactive theater–viewers can comment on the events as they unfold with tweets projected onscreen in real time. Written & Directed by Andi Stover, Costumes by Machine Dazzle. (Mondays 4/16, 4/23 & 4/30, The ACE Hotel, 20 W. 29th St, doors 7pm/curtain 8pm, $40)

ART: PYSANKA: The Ukrainian Easter Egg Pysanky are the unique Ukrainian Easter eggs known the world over for their intricate, colorful designs. Drawn from the Museum's extensive folk arts collection, the nearly 300 eggs are decorated in a variety of regional styles, rich colors, and assorted motifs; many are the work of acclaimed artist Sofika Zielyk. The hand-crafted pysanky are made using raw eggs, dyes, and beeswax in a wax-resist method process, known as batik. The process results in colorful eggs ornamented with an array of detailed geometric, floral, and faunistic symbols. The art of creating Ukrainian pysanky (from the word pysaty – to write) has been handed down from generation to generation. This ancient art form is taught in workshops Sat/Sun thru 4/1 (adults & children over 12). The Ukrainian Easter Traditions workshop on March 24, for students age 16 and older, offers hands-on training in baking Easter breads and other traditions related to the holiday. March 31: an opportunity to watch artists in acti

on as they create beautiful pysanky. In addition to the demonstrations, the award-winning short film Pysanka by Slavko Nowytski will be shown continuously from 1-5 p.m. (thru 5/27, The Ukrainian Museum, 222 East 6th St bet 2nd/3rd Ave, $8 / plus $10-25 for special workshops)

THEATER: The Bachelors' Tea Party The Bachelors' Tea Party is an absurd and absurdly intimate new comedy inspired by the relationships of Elsie de Wolfe (Lady Mendl) and Bessie Marbury, who referred to themselves as "The Bachelors," after they took up joint residence sans men in the first years of the 20th century. Before she invented the profession of interior decorator, de Wolfe was a struggling Broadway performer, known more for her costumes than her acting, and her partner Bessie Marbury, legendary agent and broker, was introducing America to Oscar Wilde and discovering Cole Porter. In a playfully perverse take on a young girl's imaginary tea party, de Wolfe and Marbury will delight and torment each other and entertain a coterie of special guests, "performed" by dolls assembled around the table, with audience members seated only inches away. The play is set in a real Victorian-esque tea salon, and seating is extremely limited - please make reservations. (Sundays thru 6/3, Lady Mendl's Tea Salon, 56 Irving

Pl bet 17th & 18th St, 5pm, $10 performance with $35 required tea service plus tax and tip)

ART: This Side of Paradise The gates of the Andrew Freedman Home will open to the public. The Home was once built to be a haven, a paradise, for the rich elderly who had lost their fortunes. Bequeathed by millionaire Andrew Freedman, the Home provided not only food and shelter but all the accoutrements of a rich and civilized life style – white glove dinner service, a grand ball room, a wood-paneled library, billiard room and a social committee who organized concerts, opera performances and the like. Referencing this quixotic history, This Side of Paradise will reference the past and reconnect the vision of Andrew Freedman to today's Bronx and its realities. The exhibition and its extensive public programming onsite and offsite will draw together the economic and social history of the Home with the present day realities of the Bronx and its residents. The selected artists' will work in a site-specific manner and will respond to such issues as memory, immigration, storytelling, aging and the creation of

fantasy that the original concept of the Home "being poor in style" suggests. This Side of Paradise will celebrate human ingenuity, the strength of the human spirit and the resilience needed to fashion beauty, hope and rejoicing. (thru 6/5, 1125 Grand Concourse, Bronx, tours Thurs-Sun, 1pm-7pm)

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