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Sailing the High Seas, a French Revolution Dance Party and much more Madness

This weekend I am truly overwhelmed by the number of events deserving consideration. First off, let me remind you to read my last post for some great suggestions for this evening! You might also be interested to know that I’ve been compiling a list of all the venues I’ve mentioned in The Big Red Apple; check it out HERE.

Dances of Vice is throwing a truly decadent bash Friday night; they’re calling it “The Importance of Being Wilde” in honor of Oscar Wilde. If Wilde was the original glamour queen then party host and glam rocker Michael T is his direct descendant; he’ll be performing along with exotic serpent-dancer NIKKI le VILLAIN and other exciting guests.

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

If you want to go further back you can head to Glasslands for a French Revolution themed “performance dance party.” I believe the flier says it all:

Cut-it-off

ALSO on Friday, if you’re looking for something a bit more low-key, you can hang out at Madame X’s, where beautiful naked women will be reading aloud.

The concept is simple: Girls. Reading. Naked. On Friday, October 16 Pinchbottom Burlesque presents the New York City debut of Chicago’s hit nude literary salon, NAKED GIRLS READING. Created by Michelle L’Amour (America’s Got Talent, Burlesque Hall of Fame’s Miss Exotic World 2005), the evening is a celebration of beautiful women sharing the books they love … in the altogether. The East Coast Premiere is hosted by Pinchbottom’s own Nasty Canasta and will feature local burlesque celebrities Gal Friday, GiGi La Femme, Jo Boobs, Legs Malone, and Sapphire Jones — as well as a very special guest appearance by Michelle L’Amour herself — reading selections from their favorite banned books.

On Saturday head out to my part of Brooklyn (Kensington/Ditmas Park) for an Oktoberfest Pig Roast at one of my favorite bars- Sycamore, a bar and flower shop! There will be live music and just $25 gets you meat, sides and 2 beers!

Saturday evening celebrate the Clearwater Sloop’s triumphant return to Brooklyn! The 106-foot tall “Tall Ship” will be sailing to Redhook and you can still sign up to be on board! If you’d rather stay indoors you can join the celebration at the dock (southern end of Van Brunt St. in Red Hook, Brooklyn, behind Fairway) and then head round the corner to Sunny’s for mulled cider and bluegrass. The boat should be docking at 6pm; be on site to go on board for a tour of this wonderful classroom on the water!

That’s all for the moment; stay tuned for further announcements and follow me on Twitter for the latest updates from The Big Red Apple.

Feb. 24-26 Additions

Here are a few additions to my previous post:

On Tuesday the lovely ladies of Medicine Woman will be playing at Spike Hill. Their unique version of rhythm and blues is augmented by a talented friend of mine from NYU who plays a mean fiddle.

Medicine Woman

Medicine Woman

They will also be playing at the aforementioned benefit for Clearwater on Thursday.

On Wednesday my friend B (aka DJ Brian Blackout) will be spinning at Hugs with Eugene Tambourine. It’s going to be fantastic and Hugs has an awesome dance floor so please make your way out to Williamsburg and rock out this Wednesday (trust me it will make the week go by faster).

Finally, I’d like to add an ongoing event that my friend Anindita tells me is well worth checking out- The Hank Willis Thomas exhibit showing until March 14th at the Jack Shainman Gallery in Chelsea.

Much of the work focuses on the use of African American male body in advertisements. I am interested in the connection between this body type and the cotton and slave trade industries that brought this country so much wealth.

Hank Willis Thomas- Branded Head

Hank Willis Thomas- Branded Head

Be sure to check that out before it closes and stay tuned for more of this week’s events!

Feb.23-27 What to do? (Take 1)

I will undoubtedly be posting further events for this week but here are a few to mull over…

If you haven’t checked out the Monday night stand-up comedy at Pete’s Candy Store you should definitely head out there tomorrow. Jennifer Dziura hosts; there are 5 comics, free candy and no cover! She actually read at the In the Flesh Erotic Reading Series last year; check out the video:

I particularly like this line:

I bet half the people in this room, you have sex because you hope you can get somebody to listen to your feelings.

Tuesday check out the not-so-secret secret play space- The House of Yes. As a twist on their usual crafting sessions they’ll be celebrating Mardi Gras by providing materials for the production of masks, or… whatever. As usual at The House of Yes what you create is up to you; it’s the act of creation that’s important!

There are still tickets left for the Natural Wine Dinner that Brooklyn Based is hosting at the Roebling Tea Room on Wednesday! Here’s their blurb about the event:

Our friends at Jenny & Francois Selections are hosting a week of tastings and wine events this month, and we’ve teamed up with them and Roebling Tea Room to give you a chance to break bread, drink wine and listen to several winemakers speak about their methods. Jenny & Francois import natural wines, which are made from grapes grown without chemicals, and produced without sugar, sulfites or any other additives. Wines made in this style reflect the quality of the grapes, the land, the weather and the skill of the winemaker with unparalleled purity and character.

On Thursday there are two fantastic events that you should consider carefully. The first is at BAM; ‘Shuffle Mode’ is a night of musical convergence.

Michael Christie and the Brooklyn Philharmonic host a night with progressive indie rock bands Bell Orchestre and Clogs in an exciting musical dialogue that defies the expectations for classical concert programming.

I expect this to be a brilliant musical experience; if you’re interested you should get your ticket ASAP.

The second Thursday event appeals to the environmentalist in us all; Clearwater is having a benefit at the Brooklyn Brewery. The Hudson River Sloop (aka boat) is an environmental classroom on the water; the idea is that with direct access to the river people will feel more connected and committed to its protection. The organization also promotes sound environmental policy and fights polluters. This benefit will raise money to allow public school students in Brooklyn to partake of these wonderful educational river outings.

Brooklyn Brewery Clearwater Benefit Poster

Brooklyn Brewery Clearwater Benefit Poster

I’ll be posting more as the week progresses!