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Halloween Listings

I’m skipping ahead a bit this week and just laying out some of your options for the holiday, and what options there are!

For some family fun during the day, learn all about the ghosts of The Tenement Museum; costumed storytellers will be stationed throughout the museum and there will be cider, donuts and caramel apples!

Don’t forget the biggest annual Halloween event- the Halloween Parade! I always try to make it down there and I’ve also marched in the parade on several occasions. Here’s a pic of last year’s madness:

Halloween Parade 2008

The Annual Smack Fetish Ball will be full of people who wear latex far more often than once a year. Don’t be scared, they’re about as normal as the average New Yorker.

smack

Dances of Vice is throwing an Edward Gorey-themed bash, featuring

the murder ballads of special musical guests THE SCARRING PARTY, sensational crime scenes performed by resident rapscallions COMPANY XIV, fashions by that ruffled ruffian PUREVILE!, CORNELIUS performing on the theremin, and the musical pandemonium of Ben Ickies’ 24-piece chamber rock orchestra, THIS AMBITIOUS ORCHESTRA. Specialty cocktail menu presented by your charming bartender CHRX! Artists FYODOR PAVLOV and LAWRENCE GULLO will be offering hand-drawn Gorey portraits to our dwindling guests, photographer STEVEN ROSEN will be offering specialty antiquated portraits, and PUREVILE! and COR-LEONIS will be vending handmade jewelry, candles and accoutrements!

G and I may have to make a stop at “The Greatest Halloween Party Ever” since free pierogies are involved. Check out the trailer for more reasons to attend:

If you’re looking for a swinging Halloween, check out the battle of the bands at Grand Harmony Palace. George Gee and Jump Jivin’ Wailers will try to out-swing Lt. Jim and the Blue Saracens; be there or be square baby!

For a different sort of dancing, a bit later in the night, check out the Mile High dance party at Pianos– evil style!

evil mile high

For the hipsters who want to stay close to home (read: Williamsburg) there’s really only one party worth considering- The Last Masquerade:

Three vast spaces in the dark heart of Brooklyn have been re-imagined for this all-night adventure. Over three dozen artists and performers will infuse these forgotten structures with a pre-apocalyptic fairy-tale built on music, mischief and a heavy dose of the unexpected.  First is “The Chapel”, a 114 year old brick and iron fortress with 26ft ceilings draped with art and intrigue; then “The Sanctuary”, with five areas of performance, lounges and dance floors spread across three floors; and finally “The Ever After” a beautifully warm loft and open air terrace with music and performance continuing past dawn.

For those of you willing to head a little deeper into Brooklyn, I invite you to join me at Gemini & Scorpio‘s Masquerade Macabre. I’ve been helping Miss Scorpio with some of the set-up and I can assure you this party is going to be phenomenal.

G&S Halloween

I’m going to stop there for fear of overwhelming you but The Village Voice has more comprehensive listings if none of those parties strike your fancy. Happy Halloween! Follow me on twitter for the party play by play!

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. 28 Additions

Just discovered a few more events to add to tomorrow’s (Saturday’s) roster:

Wit’s End Premier Party is the first of what will be a monthly event at Antik; this celebration of all things Jazz Age is sure to be a great addition to the vintage scene. Wear your best party attire and sip fancy cocktails in between dancing the Charleston and the Jitterbug. Grandpa Musselman & His Syncopators will play live jazz and Shien Lee from Dances of Vice will sing.

Jazz Age

Jazz Age

Leading up to the actual celebration of Purim, the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre will perform its “The Historye of Queen Esther, of King Ahasverus & of the Haughty Haman”until March 7 at The Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater of the West Side Y.

In this production of Queen Ester, downtown meets folk tradition. High and low, live performers and puppets of disparate sizes are blended for a startling comical and touching effect. The cast of puppets includes marionettes designed and constructed by Prague master carver Jakub Krejci, two marionettes composed from household and carpentry tools by Michelle Beshaw and Emily Wilson, and giant paper mache puppets made by CAMT’s Associate Director Theresa Linnihan.

The Historye of Queen Esther, of King Ahasverus & of the Haughty Haman

The Historye of Queen Esther, of King Ahasverus & of the Haughty Haman

Haman puppet by Vaclav Krcal.

Haman puppet by Vaclav Krcal.

Have a great weekend!