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Ongoing: Russian Banya Parties 12.31.13 - The Bootleggers' Ball 10.26.13 - Masquerade Macabre #5 08.09-11.13 - G&S 10th Anniversary (First-ever NYC Steampunk Weekend) 10.27.12 - Masquerade Macabre #4 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 #3 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 #2 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

12.31.11: The Glitter Ball

Irondale Center, 85 S Oxford, Fort Greene, BK | Event on Facebook

New Year's Eve 1979. The end of a decade. Four tons of glitter. Decadence and overindulgence. Everyone who was anyone was at Studio 54's Glitter Ball. It was not merely a party, it was a legend in the making. This New Years Eve, Gemini & Scorpio close out our ninth(!) and most over-the-top year to date with a second chance to experience the the grandest, shiniest, sparkliest moment of New York City underground party culture.

Expect the surreal and the sublime, disco dazzle & shimmer all around, rich sounds of funk and brass whisking your body into a fervor, dancers swirling like liquid gold, aerialists dropping like diamonds from the ceiling, feats of fantastic physical strength, mysterious gypsies to divine your future, booty-shaking funk/disco/afrobeat DJs, and one magical shimmering hostesses.

Featuring (more TBC):

  • Four-trombone-led funk'n'rock ensemble Po' Boys Brass Band
  • Mind-boggling beatbox & horns funk duo, The Hornitz
  • Deep funk, disco & afrobeat grooves by DJ Barney Iller
  • Acro-burlesque by Kinetic Achitecture
  • Throwback disco dancing by Solid Go Go
  • Glamorous magician hostess Tanya Solomon
  • Fabulous face & body painting by Painteresse Elysabeth
  • Tarot & 2011 numerology divination by Marcy Currier

Dress code [you MUST dress to the theme/no casual attire - yes, you can be turned away even if you have tickets]: all that glitters, sparkles, reflects or shines; silver/gold/iridescence; diamonds/crystals/sequins/mirrors/jewels/rhinestones; glamorous gowns, glass slippers and shiny suits; Studio 54/glam disco; drag kings and queens; Vince's shiny best from Mighty Boosh; aliens and spacemen; luminescence.


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Musical awesomeness!

Beatbox meets brass: The Hornitz

The Hornitz is a two-man operation that uses horns, keyboards, and human beatbox to create the biggest, baddest party-funk experience you've never heard in your life. The band started in May 2006 as a horn section for hire in Boston, MA and has worked with many artists including George Clinton, Guster, and State Radio. In 2008, The Hornitz began producing original music as a duo using live-looping equipment to create their high energy dance parties. A Hornitz show is one of the most dynamic and expansive spectacles ever produced by two people.

Funk'n'rock: Po'Boys Brass Band

Founded by a bunch of trombone players that were fed up with sitting in the back of orchestras and jazz bands, the Po'Boys Brass Band is a 7-piece power house of brass, funk and ROCK. The four-trombone front line produces a sonic explosion of sound that breaks all preconceived notions of what the trombone is capable of. Supporting the trombone powerhouse is a chops-to-spare backline of guitar, drums, and sousaphone. The band plays original charts as well as some tasty covers, conjuring up anything from Stevie Wonder and Tower of Power to Led Zeppelin and Edgar Winter. Trombone? In the back of the band? Not anymore.

Eclectic beats: DJ Barney Iller

DJ Barney Iller is a stylistic jack-of-all-trades...and master of most! This "ridiculous collectro" flows flawlessly through Bmore beats, tropical bass, dubstep, jungle, showtunes, classic rock and hip hop, for a seriously effective, ultra party combo move. "Barney Iller has been makin peeps do dances they've never done before for many many years now...his sense of humor only serves to reinforce his sense of how to make you dance like you're feelin the holy spirit." - Whomptronica.

Wondrous entertainments!

Disco dancing: Solid Go Go

Solid Go-Go is a tribute troupe glorifying dance routines from "Solid Gold"--the TV show that had boys blushing and little girls at home stumbling in mama's high heels--or vice versa. But we'll make you laugh more! And maybe even scare you a little bit.

Exciting diversions!

Fantastical face painting: Painteresse Elyzabeth

Painteresse Elyzabeth will be offering her exquisite freehand Face & Body Artistry. From small sexy embellishments to ornate masks, from tribal to victorian, in black and white or vivid color, with glittery tattoos and special long-lasting phosphorescent Glowing makeup. Dare to become Illuminated! (You can reach the fabulous Elyzabeth at Painteresse*at*yahoo)

Tarot & 2012 numerology divination: Marcy Currier

Irrepressible mystic and visionary, Marcy Currier is an intuitive healer skilled in the metaphysical arts. Unphased by the impossible and guided by the Unknown, Marcy's mission is to engage as many people as possible in celebrating life as an endless series of experiments in Truth and adventures in Love. This New Year's Eve, join Marcy in exploring the emerging energies of 2010, and delve into the possibilities of your most vibrant, creative self.

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