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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

10.29.11: Speakeasy Dollhouse

Location: secret historic LES speakeasy | Event on Facebook

"My grandparents, the Spanos, came to this country from Italy during the Roaring Twenties. They opened two speakeasies in the Bronx, one masquerading as a bakery, and the other one a secret nightclub. Shortly after Prohibition ended, my grandfather was shot and killed on the street in Manhattan. My grandmother was pregnant with my mother at the time, and upon hearing the news of the murder, went into a coma. When her husband's coffin was dropped on the way up the narrow stairs of their apartment building, my grandmother woke up -- and went into labor. On the same day, my mother was born in one room of the small Bronx apartment while her father's body was laid out in a coffin in another.

Nobody still living in my family knows why my grandfather was shot. Nothing was known about the killer, his motive, or a trial. My grandmother took these secrets to her grave. And so, over the past year, I have been dusting off a complicated tale of bootlegging, mafia, infidelity, and murder set in Prohibition-era New York City." - artist/author Cynthia von Buhler

Cynthia's medium for her story is handmade dollhouse sets and dolls, photographed for a book series (Part I is included with VIP ticket purchase). Inspired by the Sleep No More show, she has also created an immersive theatrical experience staging these events in a historical Lower East Side speakeasy set up to mirror the dollhouse sets, from a plush secret nightclub, to a bakery, to a morgue, to a pre-war apartment. The actors aren't visually distinguished from the audience, so there is no boundary between the two. Dress the part, and you become part of the family.

Initially set for a two-night run limited to its Kickstarter supporters, the Speakeasy Dollhouse has been extended due to overwhelming interest for Monday, October 31, in conjunction with Gemini & Scorpio, makers of themed costume events. Expect to witness a murder, a birth, and many things in between, while sipping cocktails from tea cups and enjoying cannolis fresh from the Spanos' bakery. Mingle with flapper floozies, infamous mobsters, corrupt magistrates, and questionable cops. Live prohibition-era music until 10:30pm by The Howard Fishman Quartet, and legendary DJ Shakey laying down vintage and remixed grooves after. From decor to music to characters, it's a mindblowing trip back in time.

The show runs 7:30-10pm, and the speakeasy remains open till late for dancing and drinking...as long as we don't get busted by the fuzz. VIP tickets include reserved seating, extra evidence and a signed copy of the Speakeasy Dollhouse book. Presale recommended for early tickets; both previous events have sold out. Period dress encouraged, but any attire welcome except real fur; landlord is an animal lover.

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