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We couldn't be more excited to kick off this soft-open weekend for our cold-months pop-up project, Plum Blossom Parlor: an immersive cocktail experience for you and your COVID pod. It's a luscious indoor "garden" lodge, inspired by The Emperor's Garden: a corner of Forbidden City palace complex in Beijing that was untouched for about 100 years, which was being painstakingly restored for the last 15, to open in...2020. Our installation is just a tiny bit of love from Brooklyn to China, at a time when the world couldn't be more split apart.
It's designed for COVID pods of up to eight people (two minimum), and runs entirely unstaffed -- which means masks are not required once you're inside. Handcrafted libations are pre-bottled & ready to enjoy on the spot or at home (or gift to cocktail lovers you know). A mini couch folds out, if you're booking for date night makeouts & cuddle puddles. Snack options will be added soon. Book your time window & enjoy -- and of course the experience itself can be gifted. You can also book the room for meetings, shoots, Zoom events, etc.
The soft open dates operate by donation, $25-35pp, and the available slots are this Fri-Sun, 5/7/9/11pm (Sat is booked except 11pm). Reply if you'd like to reserve a spot (give us 2-3 time options, in case your top choice is sold out) or if you'd like more detailed info.
We'd love it if you considered us in your holiday shopping planning, whether for the above options, or for other items we currently offer. You can see the links in the signature below for options already listed online, but we can also package up custom wax play kits & have those gorgeous handmade shibari rope harnesses & accessories from London designer Figure of A: https://figureofa.com
Much like all other nightlife places & people, we've lost 100% of income since the pandemic started. We hope to meet you on the other side, but we'd very much appreciate your help in covering the bills. We are working hard to create value-added options, as above, but of course donations are great too.
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/// NYC & ONLINE EVENTS: 12.18 - 12.24 ///
WEEKEND + WEEK
DJ: Stream 020: Back That Azz Up
Collective L3FTFIELD presents a long list of DJs including: Illexxandra, Dj Shakey, DJ MIke, Alex Viper, Ami Du Vide, Krytical Hit, and many others. See site for full list. (Fri/Sat, Twitch, see site for details, 4:30pm-4am, FREE)
ART/PERFORMANCE: Rubulad: Winter Wonderland
The artists of the long-running Brooklyn group Rubulad will present a live, outdoor, socially-distanced immersive art event in the yard of their Bushwick space. Every night of the event will be unique, featuring a revolving roster of artists who will create light shows, snowglobe-style projections, ornate shadow puppetry, a take-and-leave-a-gift tree, dreamy icicle music, and many other shimmering surprises. Artists include shadow puppeteers Midnight Radio Show, circus performers Modern Gypsies Productions, Visuals by B.A. Miale, projections by Preston Spurlock, surrealist puppeteer Kate Brehm with her Poofs, and the synth-pop trio Couch Prints. Visual artists creating installations include Daupo, Ricardo Rivera, Darrell Thorne, Heather Schimpf, Myke Flaherty, Kim Couchot, Cat Tassini, Typical Tom, and Miles Angerson. Tickets to the event will be timed to limit the number of people in the yard. Revelers will be required to wear masks, and temperatures will be taken at the entrance. (Fri-Sat, Rubulad, address with tix purchase, BK, 6:30pm-9:30pm, $10)
ART: Bushwick Open Studios
This annual event will feature virtual panel discussions, artist talks, live performances, and gallery viewings. (Fri-Sun, online/multiple locations, BK, see site for details, FREE)
PERFORMANCE: Virtual Impossibilities Starring Eric Walton
A fully interactive, online performance of mind-reading and mentalism by the critically-acclaimed and award-winning entertainer and showman, Eric Walton. In this highly engaging and thoroughly entertaining, virtual show, Eric presents many of the astonishing feats of mind-reading and mental acuity that have made him one of New York City's top mentalists. (Fri-Sun, Zoom, link emailed day of show, 8pm, $20)
PERFORMANCE: Miracle On 34Th Street, Radio Play
A single mother raising her daughter in New York City soon has her world turned upside down by a curious man who claims he is Santa Claus. A story of faith, believing in others, and the magic of the season! This program in the style of an old radio play is sure to warm the hearts of all with a colorful cast of characters. Special appearances by City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and State Senator Jose Serrano. (Fri-Sun, online, see site for details, $11)
PUPPETS: Manual Cinema's Christmas Carol
In this world premiere online event created for audiences of all ages, interdisciplinary performance collective Manual Cinema takes on Charles Dickens’s holiday classic with a visually inventive adaptation made to broadcast directly to your home. World premiere performances of Manual Cinema’s Christmas Carol are December 3-20, 2020. Each show will be performed live in a socially distanced manner, and live streamed to audiences at home. In signature Manual Cinema fashion, hundreds of paper puppets, miniatures, silhouettes and a live original score will come together to tell an imaginative re-invention of this cherished holiday classic. The performance is 60 minutes. Each performance is live and only viewable during your ticketed time. Q&A to follow. (Fri-Sun, online, link with purchase, see site for details, $15-$50)
MUSIC: Make Music New York’s 10th Annual Make Music Winter
This year’s annual celebration includes “For Love and Only For Love: Letters to New York”, the opening ceremony of Extinction Rebellion’s Cafe Musicalicious, The American-Scottish Foundation’s Scottish Christmas Celebration, all 32 Beethoven Sonatas in “32 for Third, Part II”, the 6th Annual Melrose Parranda, a Harmonica Holiday Jam, Hande’s Messiah Sing-Along, and much more. (Sat-Mon, multiple locations & online, see site for details, FREE-$22)
MUSIC: Dolunay on Tele-Barbès
With a musical vision that is at once ethereal and grounded, Dolunay flirts with the soundscape of the ancient Ottomans, tracing its migration through Balkan villages, coaxing it across seas and oceans, and grafting it onto a Brooklyn-based backdrop. With an array of original compositions offered alongside renditions of Turkish and Rumeli standards, the music of Dolunay (Turkish for “full moon”) offers listeners an escape from the press of city life. (YouTube, see site for details, 6pm, $sugg don)
WORD/ART: Christmas Treasures from MoMI's Jim Henson Collection
Make this a merry Muppet holiday season with a special behind-the-scenes exploration of characters, stories, and rarely displayed material from Jim Henson's many Christmas-related productions. Barbara Miller, curator of The Jim Henson Exhibition, hosts this online event. (online, see site for details, 7pm, $10)
VARIETY: Little Zero Live!
Join Zero Boy as the holiday elf 'Little Zero' for a night of xmas fantasy. Imagine the most incredible gift that you can give or get and Little Zero will take you on a vocal comedic journey. Backgrounds By Bigtwin and music by Paul Saitta. (Facebook Live, see site for details, 7pm, FREE)
SHOP: BPL Holiday Sidewalk Sale #2
Last weekend’s Holiday Sidewalk Sale was so fun, Bushwick Print Lab has decided to do it all over again. Shop their collection of screenprinted tees, totes, scarves, cards, posters & more. Get a custom reusable cotton mask with every $15 purchase. (Bushwick Print Lab, 100 Grattan St, 12pm-8pm, FREE)
PERFORMANCE/PARTY: Letter of Marque Theater Company’s 4th annual Holiday Hang
Immerse yourself in an evening of live improv, karaoke holiday tunes, hanging out in cozy nooks, and, obviously, all the frivolity. The online event platform transforms guests into avatars and allows them to explore a custom universe designed by LoM Captain Nolan Kennedy. Plus, enjoy a live Improv Show performed by members of the Brooklyn Improv Trainings House Team, and a holiday Soundpainting with the LoM Lieutenants. There will also be a raffle where three lucky winners will be treated with Alewife gift cards, an LoM t-shirt and pin, and a full ride to one a 4-week Brooklyn Improv Training class (online, link with tix purchase, 7:30pm, $10-$50)
MUSIC: Holiday Swing with Svetlana
Svetlana delivers her distinct brand of the "sweet and naughty" holiday magic in this special New York Holiday Swing show featuring the beloved holiday classics as well as charismatic "feel good" originals by Svetlana and jazz arrangements of cheer-inducing modern pop and rock standard. Brunch packages available. (Blue Note, 131 W 3rd St, 10am doors/11:30am & 1:30pm, $10-$55)
SHOP: Holiday Bazaar
Shop for home-grown gifts of all kinds and categories at City Reliquary’s inaugural holiday bazaar. Live music and drag performances throughout. Currently confirmed vendors include Shoebox Baking Co, Boi Package, String Theories Shop, Chris of Hur, Nasty Belle, & Bluum with shows by your Fantasy Grandma, Fripp, Earls2Gearls, Daniel and Dan Dan, and Chris of Hur. Masks required. (370 Metropolitan Ave, 12pm-4pm, FREE)
MUSIC/WORD: Scottish Christmas Celebration
The American Scottish Foundation invites you to enjoy Christmas music, readings and good cheer. (zoom, link with registration, 3pm-5pm, FREE/$sugg don)
VARIETY: The Love Show's Feel Good Family Christmas
20 performers uniting in dance, song, magic and burlesque bringing the warmth and wonder of the holidays right into your home. Featuring: eaturing: Laura Lee Anderson, Jennifer Carlson, Sarah Conrad, Dorian Cervantes, Emma Craig, The Great Dubini, Judah Frank, Duane Gosa, Angela Harriell, Justin Henry, Christina "CJ" Johnson, Miku Kawamura, Rachael Ma, Corn Mo, Nobuya Nagahama, Tsubasa Ogawa, Tara Quinn, Joseph Schles, David F. Slone, Esq., and Julie Megan Smith. (online, link with purchase, 8pm, $10)
VARIETY/PARTICIPATORY: Season 2: Bindlestiff Open Stage Quarantine Edition
Enjoy a non-stop variety show experience that may include world famous magicians, gender bending jugglers, circus legends, trained rats, novelty musicians, aerial artists, wire walkers, sideshow performers, puppeteers, living cartoons, physical comedy, contortionists, performance artists, and more. Hosted by Keith "Bindlestiff" Nelson, the special Quarantine Edition deals with social distance and isolation head on. Using the tools of video conferencing, Bindlestiff’s Open Stage will feature each act live in their own location. Also featuring circus historian, retired NYU professor, burlesque & circus performer, polar bear promoter, and Chairman of the Board of Bindlestiff, Hovey Burgess. "Ask Hovey" your circus history questions at bindlestiff.org/askhovey. (thru 12/21, Mon, FB & YouTube, 8pm EST, FREE/$sugg don)
A marathon reading of a new translation of Beowulf by Maria Dahavana Headley, read in 25 parts over 25 days by an all-star cast. Participating artists include: Miz Cracker, ,Diane Cook, Justin Vivian Bond, Neil Gaiman, Sara Quin, Alan Cumming, and more. (thru 12/25, see site for details, FREE)
ART: Edge of Light EWxbition
A dark space exhibition that brings together artists working with light as a material and medium. Featuring: Emily Allyn Andersen, Ed Bear, Blinn & Lambert, Julian Day & Kamari Carter, Rachel Guardiola, Emma Hendry, Jess Holz, Rita Jimenez, Shohei Katayama, Nooshin Rostami and Evan Voelbel. Curated by Jonathan Sims. (thru 12/27, Thu-Sun, Plaxall Gallery, 5-25 46th Ave, LIC, see site for details, FREE)
FILM: Anthology Film Archives - 50Th Anniversary
A series of online programming to celebrate Anthology Film Archive’s 50 years. Check site for regularly updated programming info. (thru 12/31, online, see site for details, 7pm, FREE)
MUSIC: For Love and Only for Love: Letters to New York
NYBG partners with Make Music New York on their annual winter solstice festival with the world premiere of this immersive choral installation by composer Pete Wyer. Explore the Native Plant Garden at your own pace and socially distanced, as prerecorded music – performed by choirs of up to 72 voices projected over 24 independent speakers – inspires reflection of love, gratitude, acceptance, and our connection with nature during the pandemic. (thru 1/10, New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd, BX, 12pm-4pm, $22)
THEATER/PUPPETS: Voyeur: The Windows of Toulouse-Lautrec
Peer through the windows of old Paris, where unexpected moments of art, beauty, and seduction await you during this pandemic-friendly theatrical walking tour inspired by Bated Breath Theatre’s long-running immersive hit Unmaking Toulouse-Lautrec (named one of the “best immersive plays and interactive theatrical experiences” by Time Out.) In this open air, intimate theatrical experience, you and seven other masked audience members will be guided through the dreams of iconic artist Toulouse-Lautrec as he recalls his final absinthe-laced years living and working in Montmartre. The sidewalks, doorways and windows of Greenwich Village become the setting as live accompaniment collides with the city’s soundscape, transporting you into the bohemian world of 1899 Paris. (thru 1/10, multiple Greenwhich Village locations, see site for info, $75)
THEATER: Liars and Believers’ “Macbeth” in serialized form.
LAB presents Shakespeare’s Macbeth in serialized form. Each episode is 5-10 minutes long. New episode posted each week. (LAB website, FREE)
FILM: Rooftop Films’ Brooklyn Drive-in
Enjoy a diverse collection of films from the comfort of your car, with stereo sound tuned directly through your car’s FM stereo. (thru fall, Brooklyn Army Terminal, 80 58th St, see site for details, $35)
FILM: Rooftop Films’ Queens Drive-in
Enjoy a diverse collection of films from the comfort of your car, with stereo sound tuned directly through your car’s FM stereo. (thru fall, NYSCI in Flushing Meadows Park, see site for details, $35)
FILM: Outdoor Cinema at Parklife
Each Wednesday Parklike will present a different film with trivia. (thru fall, Parklife, BK, 7:30pm, FREE)
THEATER: Performance for One
A one-on-one theater performance, now presented live over Skype. The performance is about memory, but even more so, it is about relationship between performer, audience member, and author. What is the responsibility of the audience member, and how is it felt differently when there is only one audience member? Who is the story teller, the author or the performer? What happens to a memory that two people share after one of those people is gone? With a rotating cast of actors, including Elizabeth Chappel, Joshua Coleman, Andrea Gallo, Jan Leslie Harding, Allison Hiroto, Yvonne Roen, and Melissa Rakiro. (Skype, see site for details, FREE)
THEATER: 24 Hr Plays’ Viral Monologues
New monologues written, rehearsed, recorded and released on IGTV in 24 hours. (24hoursplays online, see site for details, FREE/sugg don)
THEATER: The 7th Voyage of Egon Tich
A live-streamed digital theater performance based on The Star Diaries by Stanislaw Lem. The team behind A Hunger Artist, in collaboration with Theater in Quarantine, returns with an adaptation of Stanislaw Lem’s story—set in outer space, performed in a closet in the East Village, and beamed straight to you in whichever room you’re finding yourself stuck in. (Sinking Ship website, FREE/$10)
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