02.14.10: G&S' 8th B-Day Bash: The Vault of Golden Vapors
Brooklyn Urban Sanctuary loft, Prospect Heights, BK | Event on Facebook
On Chinese Moon Year's Eve, a dreamful night in an opium den of our making. Recline in languid repose and drift in the pleasures of intimate performance, golden-throated singers, tales told in glistening flesh, exotic cocktails and delectable dim sum. Full event tickets include catered dim sum dinner & dessert.
Featuring live vintage Chinese jazz by Shien Lee of Shanghai Triad and Dances of Vice, Chinese ballads by talented young composer Natti Vogel, Asian-inspired burlesque by Dame Cuchifrita and GrandmaFun, and your opium den madam The Flying Fox. Late-night ethno-lounge grooves by DJ Nightshade. Love tarot readings by Marcy Currier. Decadent body painting by 2nd Skin. Custom mural by Molly Crabapple. And of course drinks by The House Of St Eve (yes, t.h.o.s.e. drinks)...
Dress code: Asian opulence, sexy lounge, crimson + gold, trailing sleeves and dress trains, colorful kimonos, printed silks.
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Vintage Chinese jazz: Shien Lee
Shien Lee, the mistress of Dances of Vice Nouveau Romantic party series and the voice of the Shanghai Triad performs Chinese jazz and blues from that special time in history, the 1920s and 30s. Popular in fancy nightclubs in Shanghai at the time, the songs reveal to audiences the reason behind the city's fame for then being known as both the "Paris of the East", as well as the "Whore of Asia." Shien and the handpicked musicians collaborating with her create an authentic vintage sound that captures the essence of the rebellion, decadence, and romanticism of the 1920-30s in Shanghai.
Chinese ballads: Natti Vogel
Combining "the swagger of Jim Morrison with the honky-tonk piano of an old-timey saloon" (WeLiveInBeijing.com), "indie rock fusion virtuoso" (New York Press) Natti Vogel defies your East/West binary. At the tender age of 21, Natti is the first unsigned singer-songwriter to have rocked China's largest rock venues, and has introduced his signature original compositions and progressive interpretations on Japanese and Chinese pop songs to audiences everywhere from the Fringe Festival in Scotland to Webster Hall in New York.
Asian-inspired burlesque: Dame Cuchifrita
A self professed chameleon, Dame Cuchi pushes the boundaries to morph into characters. Coming from an indigenous culture where nudity is shunned, she often felt out of place. Her belief in storytelling through shedding the exterior is a scintillating response to growing up in the shadows of Dutch Colonial repression.
Asian-inspired burlesque: GrandmaFun
"Someone slapped her with talent and dipped her in pretty" - World Famous Bob. Grandmafun is a classy lady from the islands with Bettie Page charms and Beyonce booty shaking moves that will make you swoon. An Old-Fashioned Broad and a Fierce-Ass Diva. Gracing the stages of World Famous *BOB*'s New Star Review at the Bowery Poetry Club, her humble beginnings at Kitty Nights Burlesque and several others, Grandmafun has brought wonderment and surprise with her mix of hip-hop and burlesque. You'll never look at your Grandma the same way again.
Opium den madam: The Flying Fox
Ethno-lounge grooves: DJ Nightshade
Sean Nightshade has been djing all over the globe for more than a decade, headlining at dozens of clubs in Europe, South/Central America and Canada as the dj emissary for Putumayo World Music. The combination of a fascination with global culture, a deep interest in Arabic, African, Indian, Balkan & Latin music along with a genre bending dj style have cemented his reputation as one of the best global dance DJs on the international scene. Along with his DJ schedule, Nightshade currently is Music Coordinator for Rockstar Games on "Grand Theft Auto" as well as several feature films. His musical compilations have received consistent press acclaim. "A thinking man's DJ, who uses both irony and invention to drop music from every idiom and continent, mixing a genre bending, dance floor friendly global stew that no one can resist." - Songlines. "A perfect blend of the progressive and the traditional" - San Francisco Examiner
Love tarot: 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.
Decadent body painting: 2nd Skin
Artisans Mattthew Mikas and Laura Lee Gulledge combine creative forces as the body painting duo known as 2nd Skin. They can adorn you with a new enchanting look through their mastery of airbrush, stencils, glitter applique', and brushwork. In addition to their artistic achievements, Matthew is also well reputed as a vinyl record DJ, sound artist, and sculptor. Laura Lee is known as a graphic novelist, scenic painter, and hostess of unique artistic and nerdy events.
Custom artwork: Molly Crabapple
Molly Crabapple is an artist and the founder of Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School. Molly is known for her elaborately inked meditations on sex, ambition and artifice. Remember, the devil is in the details. Called a "Downtown phenomenon" by the New York Times, Molly has spoken at the Museum of Modern Art, and for audiences from Helisinki to Sao Paulo.