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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

02.11.12: Meet Me in Paris

At our brand new Gowanus, BK, loft | Event on Facebook

A clandestine French cabaret, with live music, burlesque and variety acts, followed by dancing late into the night. A soft opening of our new yet-to-be-named arts space, and a celebration of our 9th Birthday.


  • Django Reinhardt-style gypsy jazz by LES Hot Club
  • French chanteuse stylings of Maggie Dobbins
  • Special guest Karen LeBlanc on musical saw
  • Classic can can by The Love Show dancers
  • Risqué burlesque by glamorous Beelzebabe, gender-bending LeRoi Prince, and daring Rococo Caine
  • Hosted by dashing & dangerous magician Eric Walton
  • Nouvelle chanson to electro-swing mix by DJ Poodlecannon
  • Love-cast astrology by George Courtney
  • Love & compatibility tarot readings by Marcy Currier
  • Live ink portraits by Yao Xiao

See below for more on our artists

Dress code (as usual, required): Cabaret through the ages (turn-of-century Belle Époque La Goulue cabaret, 1920s Josephine Baker cabaret, 1930s Marlene Dietrich cabaret, 1940s Edith Piaf cabaret, 1950s Jacques Brel cabaret); "Cabaret" the movie; vintage high style; dressy & classy. When in doubt, go formal.


More on our artists:

Live music & variety acts

Gypsy jazz: LES Hot Club

LES Hot Club plays hot, energetic, passionate gypsy swing in the tradition of legendary gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli. Featuring veteran gypsy swing musicians, the band really knows how to bring the swing. Expect to hear some hot jazz standards from the 1930's & 40's as well as some ballads, waltzes and bossas.

Risqué burlesque: Beelzebabe

Beelzebabe is one quarter of The Rhinestone Follies, NYC's premiere classic burlesque troupe. She a diminutive, devilish delight who brings just a touch of darkness to each of her opulent acts. A talented self taught costumer, she takes her inspiration from the late 1950's and early 1960's over the top glamour.

Gender-bending burlesque: LeRoi Prince

LeRoi Prince is a New York City drag king, burlesque dancer, and gender performance artist. He has done work as an actor, photographic model, runway model, musician, and solo performer.

Classic can can: Angela Harriell's The Love Show

The Love Show gets the sexy goin' with their tightly choreographed and costumed numbers, theatrical appeal and gorgeous girls and boys. A little cabaret, a little ballet and a whole lotta rock and roll, The Love Show has entertained all audiences from the glitzy nightclub life to the gritty downtown theater. Classically trained dancers and detailed choreography tell a story with every number. The Love Show has worked for such clients as Vogue Magazine, Courvoisier, Moët & Chandon, Veuve Cliquot and Cointreau liqueur, and rocked stages ranging from CBGB's Gallery to The New York Burlesque Festival.

"Roguishly flirtatious" - The New York Times. "Naughty & nice" - The New York Post. "The Love Show does the best burlesque group numbers I've ever seen" - Monty Leman, Burlesque Photographer.

Hosted by: Eric Walton

He eats fire for breakfast and razor-blades for lunch. He reads Aristotle and he reads minds. A nimble-fingered trickster and a silver-tongued poet, the press have called him, "The King of The Underworld" (Three Weeks), "What the Devil would be like if he had his own night-club act" (NYTheatre.com), and, "[An] erudite magician and rabble-rouser" (The New York Times).

"Walton is a very entertaining con-man [and] a skilled sleight of hand artist - his routines draw bedazzlement from seemingly ordinary decks of playing cards." - TimeouNY. "With his top-notch vocabulary and gentlemanly poise, Walton quickly establishes himself as the sharpest knife in the drawer. [His] wizardry will leave you speechless and and perhaps just a little freaked out." - Gothamist.com

Exciting diversions

Live ink portraits: Yao Xiao

Fascinated by the energy and creativity bursting from partying crowds, Yao Xiao finds herself drawing in costumes at all sorts of exotic underground gatherings. Yao has sketched at Dances of Vice, Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art school, The Mermaid Parade, Pillow Fight NYC and Shanghai Mermaid. Her inspirations are among Toulouce-Lautrec and Al Hirschfeld: the observing artist in the show room. The process of her drawing becomes part of the show: people watch the act unfolding on her page as it unfolds on the stage. Originally from China, previously residing in Seattle, Chicago and Memphis, the 21-year-old artist is currently attending the School of Visual Arts for illustration.

Tarot readings: 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.

Astrology forecasts: George Courtney

The fascinating world of astrology clues you in on you and the world's cycles, and George is your faithful guide here to lead you through its wonders. He reveals your best and how best to use those gifts you already have to balance with the stars' alignment. George is your insider with the knowledge to help you make the choices you want to make: know what's coming and why.

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