Around town in August

Saturday, August 15

EVENT: Dances of Vice Third Year Anniversary Party
TIME & DATE: Sat, August 15, 2009 - 9PM, show at 10PM
LOCATION: 303 Bond Street Theater - 303 Bond St, Brooklyn

Complimentary lashings of specialty HENDRICK'S GIN punch for the first 100 guests! Hendrick's cocktails offered throughout the evening at most unusually discounted prices.

Come, celebrate with us another year of jubilance, decadence and depravity amongst the finest of femmes and fellows at Dances of Vice. Entering our third year, a new saga of forgotten eras unfolds, as Dances of Vice joins forces with the sensual sophisticates of COMPANY XIV to continue our nocturnal phenomena at the "Dance Eden" that is their theater in Carroll Gardens.

Our Third Year Anniversary Party will feature a musical performance by Miss SHIEN LEE with the scintillating syncopations of GRANDPA MUSSELMAN and His Syncopators, and the exhilarating dramatics of COMPANY XIV.

"Ice Music" by Emily Lacy (Cabinet, 3­00 Nevins ­Street, Brooklyn; Saturday, August 15, 2009; 4-8 pm, and Sunday, August 16, 2-6 pm; reservations for 20-minute appointments are recommended). Working with time, music, color, and, temperature, "Ice Music" allows for fantasies of intimate visceral mischief with folk and electronic sound patterns. Performances made for 1-2 people will be available by Emily Lacy inside a small, freshly cooled homemade music environment, similar to an igloo or personal camping tent.

Thursday, August 20

Victor Houteff: "At the Eleventh Hour" (Cabinet, 3­00 Nevins ­Street, Brooklyn; August 21—September 16, 2009; opening on August 20, 7-9 pm). Cabinet is pleased to present “Victor Houteff: At the Eleventh Hour,” an exhibition of paintings by the founder of the Seventh-Day Adventist group that was later taken over by David Koresh in Waco, Texas. The exhibition is drawn from the collection of Los Angeles-based artist Jim Shaw.

Friday, August 21

An Iconography of the Flesh: The Bizarre Afterlife of Eva Perón
at Observatory

Date: Friday, August 21
Time: 8:00
Admission: $5

When Argentine First Lady Eva Perón died in 1952, the intent was to embalm her body for display in a monument to the Argentine worker: a fitting tribute for the martyred patron saint of the working classes. This ambitious project—it was to be three times the height of the Statue of Liberty—was never realized, and when Perón was overthrown in 1955, the embalmed corpse became the new regime’s most stubborn problem and potent secret. In its thirty years in search of a permanent resting place, the embalmed body left a trail of death, insanity, and corpse-napping in its wake as Evita sympathizers sought to find the body of their saint and Evita’s enemies tried to keep the body’s whereabouts a secret. Professor Margaret Schwartz tells the story of the corpse’s afterlife and shows how Evita has stubbornly refused to die a proper death, thus rendering her corpse one of the world’s most unique and potent objects.

Saturday, August 22

You are cordially invited to attend the Dreamland Gala - a fundraiser for the 2009 Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island in September.

The State of New York has cut funding for programming on Governors Island. While the island will thankfully remain open, there will be no funding provided for entertainment on the island. In order to raise funds for the Jazz Age Lawn Party, we are hosting the Dreamland Gala.

Featuring Michael Arenella and His 12-piece Dreamland Orchestra, this promises to be an enthralling night of music, dancing cocktails, and treats, as well as other attractions. A silent auction will be held showcasing an array of items donated by local high-end boutiques and restaurants, including Ellen Christine Millinery, House of MacGregor, Flatiron Lounge, Rock Love Jewelry, Magar Hatworks, Artikal Studios, and many more. Handmade chocolates will be sold from local chocolatier Chocolate Meurens.

Guests are encouraged to attend in their finest Roaring Twenties evening wear.

Monday, August 24

Poetry Lab: "Sappho in Fragments" (Cabinet, 3­00 Nevins ­Street, Brooklyn; August 24, 2009; 7-9 pm). This month, Cabinet’s Poetry Lab plays host to the ancient Greek poet Sappho and her gifted modern-day translator Anne Carson. Readings, performance, special guests, and the chance to put a scattered oeuvre back together for yourself. Roll up your sleeves and join us: free, as always, and as always, wine will be served.

Friday, August 28

The Coney Island Amateur Psychoanalytic Society and their Circle 1926-1972
at Observatory

Date: Friday August 28th
Time: 8:00 PM - Sharp
Admission: $5.00

A discussion with Zoe Beloff, artist and archivist and Aaron Beebe, Director of The Coney Island Museum

The Coney Island Amateur Psychoanalytic Society was a unique organization which flourished from 1926 through the early 1970s. Members, most of them working people from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds, were filled with the desire to participate in one of the great intellectual movements of the 20th century. The exhibition currently on view at the Coney Island Museum presents a range of their activities which reveal an incredibly brave, unapologetic exploration of their inner lives. Beloff and Beebe will present an overview of the work of the Society including the long lost “Dream Films”, the Sunday lectures, plans for Dreamland and the controversy over the lost “Sigmund Freud” figure at the World in Wax Musée.

The book/DVD “The Coney Island Amateur Psychoanalytic Society and their Circle 1926-1972″ published by Christine Burgin (June 2009) will be available for purchase.

Saturday, August 29

Cynthia Sayer & Sparks Fly at Wit's End
Saturday, August 29
7-11 pm

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