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Ongoing: Russian Banya Parties 12.31.14 - The Court of the Snow Queen 10.25.14 - Masquerade Macabre 07.12.14 - The Lost Circus 05.03.14 - Cantina at the End of the Universe 02.15.14 - Meet Me in Paris 12.31.13 - The Bootleggers' Ball 10.26.13 - Masquerade Macabre 08.09-11.13 - G&S 10th Anniversary (First-ever NYC Steampunk Weekend) 10.27.12 - Masquerade Macabre 12.31.12 - Black & White Masked Ball 08.11.12 - The Lost Circus 04.12.12 - The Drowned Ball 02.11.12 - Meet Me in Paris 12.31.11 - The Glitter Ball 10.31.11 - Speakeasy Dollhouse 10.29.11 - Masquerade Macabre 08.21.11 - Black & White & Red All Over Ball (Coilhouse Magazine BDay party) 07.16.11 - The Lost Circus 07.14.11 - Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing 2011 - Swing House 12.31.10 - The Bootleggers' Ball 10.30.10 - Masquerade Macabre 07.31.10 - The Lost Circus 04.24.10 - Swing House 2-Year Anniversary 03.07 & 21.10 - JaNk! 02.14.10 - The Vault of Golden Vapors 12.31.09 - The Bootleggers' Ball 10.31.09 - Masquerade Macabre 07.17.09 - Nouvelle Époque Cabaret-Salon 06.27.09 - Hobos & Mermaids on the High Seas 04.03-05.09 - Luminous Flux NYC - video art weekend 03.15.09 - Swing House 1-Year Anniversary 11.01.08 - Halloween Vintage Masquerade Ball 10.31.08 - Voodoo Culture Clash 2008 - Swing House vintage dance monthly 02.14.08 - Get Off...Line VI: Roaring 20th 08.18.07 - Radiate Fire! 10.31.06 - Halloween Parade Afterparty II: Devils n Dolls 10.31.05 - Halloween Parade Afterparty: Mardi Gras 06.21.05 - Exotica: Tiki Lounge Shindig 02.14.05 - Get Off...Line III: Say Cheese (and Chocolate) 02.14.04 - Get Off...Line II: Code Red

08.21.11: The Black & White & Red All Over Ball

A Birthday Celebration and Fundraiser for Coilhouse Magazine

Red Lotus Room, 893 Bergen St, Crown Heights, BK | Event on Facebook | Coilhouse

Inclusive and elegant, weird and sincere, Coilhouse Magazine is "A Love Letter to Alternative Culture." For four full years --both as a high gloss print publication and a daily-updated website-- Coilhouse has served as a vibrant international hub for DIY expression and outrageous bohemian creativity. This will be the first full-fledged Coilhouse party in three years, the first NYC event in Coilhouse history, and an official birthday celebration.

Enter into a secret lush cabaret room deep in the heart of Brooklyn, to revel in live music, dance and circus performances and dance to rollicking sets from DJ luminaries. Aerialists...fire...projections... dadaist spectacle...surprises galore. Bid on silent auction items donated by Diamanda Galas, Molly Crabapple, Jessica Joslin, Paul Komoda, Jason Levesque & Xeni Jardin, Century Guild, Disinfo, PUREVILE!, Kate O'Brien, Nicole Aptekar, and Asha Beta: a splendid array of autographed prints and books, and one-of-a-kind art objects, as well as a full set of the out-of-print, highly collectible back-issues of Coilhouse. Plus, the first glimpse of Coilhouse Issue Six, and an opportunity to pre-order it at a discount.

Brian Viglione (Dresden Dolls, World Inferno) - Energetic, expressive, powerful drum virtuoso. Franz Nicolay (World Inferno, Hold Steady, Guignol) - Dashing moutsachioed multi-instrumentalist, composer, and the hardest working boho-accordionist in NYC. Kim Boekbinder (Vermillion Lies) - Genre-defying songstress of murderous waltzes and epic pop ballads via voice, guitar, looping pedal and a bag full of mystery. Thomas Negovan - Occult-tinged, erotic, 1920s cabaret songcraft. Kelvin Daly - Builder of unique musical instruments; mysterious and elegant performances. Theremina - Wistful, theremin-drenched ambient music to sway and swoon to. DJs: Wengrofsky - Scrappy and eclectic vinyl wizardry. PUREVILE! - Sets of new wave, dark glam, new romantic from the co-founder of DISKO NOUVEAUX.

Cabaret & Circus:
Sarah Hassan - Belly dancer & bedouin showgirl. Paige & Ahnika - Flow performance and fire dance. LeRoi Prince - Weimar drag/burlesque genderfuckery with swagger and class. Liron Dan - Bewitching aerial performed to live musical accompaniment. Sky Claudette & Vlad-Eros Fyre - Feats of fire magick. Master of Ceremonies SF SLIM - Charming collaborative culture evangelist and joy-facilitator.

Spectacle & Oddity:
The EMPIRE S.N.A.F.U. - A feverish visual and theatrical mélange of dystopian technology, sexual obsolescence, and implied religion, painstakingly assembled from a vast and unsettling assortment of found materials. Muffinhead - Lavishly costumed, colorful performance absurdist; a spectacular cartoon imaginary made real. The PUREVILE! girls - Exquisite living dolls unearthed from some great-great-auntie's steamer trunk, bedecked in bespoke post-apocalyptic Victorian finery. Theremin lessons and demonstrations from Coilhouse co-founding editor Meredith Yayanos. Black & White & Red All Over Photo Booth.

VIP patron salon & tea service:
Donations over $30 will grant patrons 5pm admission for a banquet-style tea service, and first access to the silent auction. Enjoy live acoustic music and wax-cylinder ambiance, private salon performances, and cozy conversation with Coilhouse co-founding editors Nadya Lev and Meredith Yayanos. Depending on donation level, additional "thank you" gifts include Coilhouse buttons, stickers, playbills, rare prints, impossible-to-buy autographed magazine proofs, free download codes, and other exclusive content. See below for support level details.

Costume suggestions:
Sharp angles and curves in black and white and red, in keeping with the GermanExpressionist/Bauhaus/Constructivist color palette of the upcoming Coilhouse print issue. Think decadent Weimar, 1920s Soviet Union, Klaus Nomi, origami-inspired, architectural, Metropolis, or De Stijl fashion.

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Live musical acts!

Masterful drums: Brian Viglione

Brian Viglione has been the driving rhythmic force behind The Dresden Dolls since 2000. The band has traveled worldwide to critical acclaim, as well as being handpicked to tour alongside Nine Inch Nails in 2005 and Cyndi Lauper in 2007. In 2008-2009, Brian was the band leader and drummer for Brooklyn's punk-orchestra, The WORLD/INFERNO Friendship Society, touring in 16 countries and recording a new studio album. Viglione has appeared on over 30 albums since 2008, most notably, Nine Inch Nails' Ghosts I–IV, which was nominated for two Grammy Awards. He will be performing in 2011 with pianist/composer Vika Yermolyva, also with Sxip Shirey, Elyas Khan and Martin Bisi as part of the Gentlemen & Assassins Tour.

Fierce accordion: Franz Nicolay

Franz Nicolay is that mustachioed man-about-town you've seen in bands like The Hold Steady and World/Inferno Friendship Society and by his own damn self; a punk-rock vaudevillian of days of wine and roses; eros, the rose, and the sore. "One of today's master songwriters and musicians." - Philadelphia Examiner. "Recasting the windswept folk artist as someone with piratical swagger, he comes over like Nick Cave leading an American Pogues, and every see-saw rhythm is shot through with a potent, whisky-drenched drama." - Q Magazine. "Nicolay holds court... with his wordy troubadour tales of vagabonds, villains and vixens... from Billy Bragg-ish punk-folk to tango to banjo ballads to Old Europe stompers." - CMJ

Charming songstress: Kim Boekbinder

Kim Boekbinder has your heart. She stole it in the future and has traveled back in time to make sure you remember how to fall in love with the world. Her songs range from murderous waltzes to epic pop ballads, from country sing-a-longs to sonic sculptures. She usually plays electric guitar, but is also keen on making noise with ukulele, accordion, piano, and squeaky toys. She spent the last five years touring with her internationally acclaimed band, Vermillion Lies, and has now recorded a solo album that's hooked artistic luminaries such as Neil Gaiman, Rosanne Cash, Molly Crabapple and more.

Unique musical instruments: Kelvin Daly

Kelvin Daly is an artist, musician, and builder of unique musical instruments.

Dark cabaret: Thomas Negovan

Occult-tinged, erotic, 1920s cabaret songcraft.

Wondrous entertainments!

Awesome aerial stunts: Liron Dan

Liron Dan is an aerialist, mover, musician, and artist living in New York City. She came to this country seven years ago as a musician, then discovered aerial arts here, which have become her main art form. She has studied in NY at Circus Warehouse and privately in New Orleans. She has performed in New York, New Orleans and abroad, as well as creating conceptual based multimedia art events. Her interests are in combining these art forms and finding unique voices within them.

Feats of fire: Sky Claudette & Vlad-Eros Fyre

A unque and theatrical fire show featuring contortion, acro-balance and dance.

Fabulous art!

Dark and beautiful: Empire S.N.A.F.U. Restoration Project

A feverish mélange of dystopian technology, sexual obsolescence, and implied religion, painstakingly assembled from dead animals, obsolete military hardware, broken toys and human excrement.

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