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Following the trauma of the Civil War, the intersection of mourning on a national scale with the new technology of photography gave rise to a chilling phenomenon: “spirit photography,” the supposed art of capturing departed loved ones on film. Author and curator of religion at the National Museum of American History, Peter Manseau, shares the story of infamous spirit photographer William Mumler, the fraud allegations that haunted him, and a nation grasping for the promise of the afterlife.

Book Talk: The Apparitionists: A Tale of Phantoms, Fraud, Photography, and the Man Who Captured Lincoln’s Ghost
Tuesday, October 24
Doors: 6:00 pm
Event: 6:30 pm
$5 General Admission / Free for Members

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Date and Time

Tue, October 24, 2017

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

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New York: THE SALON: Playboy Swings – an Antique Cocktail Party

October 2 from 7pm Playboy Club recreation party at the Players Club. Description of the party-for-pay at Best Events NY:

An exclusive Antique Cocktail party celebrating the Playboy Clubs of the 1960’s with live music, DJs, classic burlesque, bunnies, and antique cocktails (made from unopened vintage bottles of 1960s spirits), in honor of the book release of “PLAYBOY SWINGS: How Hugh Hefner and Playboy Changed the Face of Music” by Patty Farmer and Will Friedwald.

Our “Mansion” is the beautiful & historic olde-world private club, The Players. Like each Playboy Club of the era, guests receive a key upon arrival and have three rooms to frolick, dance and imbibe – THE PLAYPEN, THE LIVING ROOM, and THE LIBRARY. …

Dancing, Burlesque, and Live Music

* Matthew Piazzi and The Debonairs (8:30-11:45pm)
1950’s & 1960’s Doo Wop, 50’s pop, Rhythm & Blues and Soul, vocalist Mr. Piazzi was also a Top 10 Finalist on “America’s Got Talent”

* DJs Jack Fetterman & Gina of the Jungle
Spinning music of the 1950s and 60’s including Exotica, Bachelor Pad, Electrolounge, Bossa Nova, and similarly sultry soundtracks.

classic burlesque by
* Gal Friday
* Hazel Honeysuckle
* VooDoo Onyx

* Vintage GoGo Dancing Bunnies!
* BUNNY HOP lesson by Bunny Voon!

Lounging and Live Music

* Alexis Cole – pianist & singer
* Eric Yves Garcia – pianist & singer

Conversation, Cabaret and Live Music

* Playboy Swings Panel Discussion (7:30-8:15pm)
Moderated by preeminent Jazz scholar and co-author of PLAYBOY SWINGS, Will Friedwald will discuss with special guests the Playboy Clubs and how they influnced the music and culture of the era.

* The Hef-Tones (9:00pm-12:15am)
An all star band playing music of the era including Jazz, Soul, Broadway, Cabaret, The Great American Songbook, and more featuring Jon Weber on piano, Thomas Beckham on vibes, and more.

guest vocalists:
* Lianne Marie Dobbs
* Christine Pedi Show Biz
* Brianna Thomas


* Velvetina Taylor
* Karina Libido

guest bartenders mixing the Antique Cocktails
DAMON DYER – Clover Club, Rum House, Flatiron Lounge

In addition to the Antique Bar, a full ‘regular’ bar will be serving on each floor all night. No food will be served at this event.

Following our sold out MAD MEN party last Spring, we’re offering a classic cocktail menu made from unopened bottles of vintage 1960’s liquor – the same stash used as props on the set of MAD MEN (and purchased directly from the props department by Edgar Harden of Old Spirits Company). The cocktail menu is designed based on drinks served at the early Playboy Clubs. In addition to these full-size antique cocktails, straight pours of select antique spirits will also be available neat or on the rocks.

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