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Victorian Holiday Party

What better way to celebrate the holidays than in a beautiful Victorian home? Enjoy offerings of hot spiced wine, apple cider and cookies while singing along to some traditional Christmas carols! Starting at 5pm, there will be a special radio performance by the Fireside Mystery Theatre. Victorian regalia welcomed! Tickets are $10, $8 Members/Students.

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Live-In Theater has come up with another interactive, participatory theater experience that is a dramatization based on real past events, in this case, the 1915 apprehension of 45-year-old Mary Mallon, called “Typhoid Mary” by the news media of the time. Reportedly, Mallon infected 51 people with Typhoid Fever, three of them died.

Alas, the one future performance of The Trial Of Typhoid Mary (Dec. 10th) on the online calendar of the Live-In Theater website is presently sold out, and no performances are (so far) scheduled for 2018.  However, your hope of seeing it may not be entirely lost. A stage manager told me that they do this production in “a lot of high schools” as well as “for private groups”. It has been around for a few years, and they performed it at The New York Historical Society in 2016.

Live-In Theater’s promotional materials for the show, “The Trial of Typhoid Mary” say, “Come give Typhoid Mary the trial she never received”. Ticketholders assemble (in this case, in the downstairs room of a Lower East Side bar), and a costumed re-enactor in solemn black who declared himself the judge set the scene, and chose various members of the audience to act the parts of jurors, bailiffs, and, at the performance I attended, a courtroom sketch artist. Another costumed re-enactor handed out golf pencils and notepads, and doubled as a “barker”. Though from the Colonial era to the mid-19th century, it was not unheard of for courts to be informally convened in taverns, (at least in Staten Island) by the end of the 19th century to the early 20th century (the time of Mary Mallon’s arrest for being a public health hazard), court proceedings had acquired a lot more formality and government control, not to mention proper courthouses. However, treatment of suspects under the premises of “innocent until proven guilty” had not advanced as much as it has now. I think the majority of the twenty- and thirty- something audience were properly horrified that Mallon had been arrested without a warrant, and some who questioned the actress who played Mallon on the stand clearly disapproved of the fact that she had not been read her rights (enforcement of this became a 1960s innovation), and had previously been summarily imprisoned on North Brother Island. Motivated perhaps by the role-playing of certain of the re-enactors, the suffragette who claimed to have been Mallon’s previous employer, who stressed that Mallon did not willfully infect others, and the one who played Mallon, who claimed to have nursed the family who got typhoid back to health, doing the more onerous duties, including washing soiled bedsheets, unlike in real life, they returned a verdict of innocent, though Mallon’s understanding of sanitary practices was to clean away all visible dirt, and she didn’t seem too concerned about whether she washed her hands “after she had been to the privy” if they were “not dirty”. All participants in this exercise had entered a time when “The Germ Theory of Disease” was as hotly debated and widely doubted as the phenomena of Global Warming is now, and with pretty much the same class divide between adherents.…

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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

BHS Members: to reserve tickets at the member price, click on “Tickets” and enter your Member ID on the following page after clicking on “Enter Promotional Code.”

Date and Time

Tue, October 24, 2017

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

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Location

Brooklyn Historical Society

128 Pierrepont St

Brooklyn, NY 11201

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REFUND POLICY Brooklyn Historical Society requires 24 hours notice before the date of the event to refund a ticket. No refunds are provided after that point. No refunds are provided on the day of the event and all subsequent days.

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Thomas Paine and The Flame Of Revolution“-from ThoughtGallery.org:

When: Thu., August 17, 2017 at 7:30 pm

This Olio covers the life and writing of Thomas Paine during the end of the 18th century. Starting with Common Sense and The Crisis Papers, the talk focuses on the integral role of Paine in not only the American Revolution, but the creation of an “American” political ideology.

The first part is a biographical sketch of Thomas Paine and description of the social and political climate in 18th century England. An explanation of conflicts leading up to the writing of Common Sense and The Declaration of Independence, the talks establishes a historical context for the American Revolution and the subsequent events in the young nation. Thomas Paine’s involvement in the revolution and his work for the Continental Congress place him in the center of activity.

The French Revolution signaled a new chapter in Paine’s life. Once again with The Rights of Man and The Age of Reason he was able to put into words the momentous spirit of the times. This Olio explains the characterization of Paine as a preeminent philosopher and the genesis of radical politics as a force in world events.

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From the New York Adventure Club website:

Inside New York City Center, From “Mecca Temple” to Performing Arts Center

Step inside New York’s first performing arts center and former home of The Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine before the doors open to the public.

Join New York Adventure Club for a private tour of New York City Center, Manhattan’s first performing arts center, dedicated by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia in 1943 with a mission to make the best in music, theater and dance accessible to all audiences.

Led by the Director of Operations before New York City Center opens to the public, our unique experience will include:

  • An overview of the neo-Moorish building, from its creation as the meeting hall for members of The Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine in 1924 to NYC’s first performing arts center in 1943
  • A private walkthrough of its stunning lobby and hallways, and meaning behind its many murals
  • A look inside the 2,257 seat theater from multiple levels

Click here to see pictures from one of our last visits!

*This tour is limited to twice a year


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Categories: Tours, Arts, Historic Sites

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Don’t know how “Jazz Age” or Burlesque the actual performance is, but McKitterick Hotel is itself from a bygone era, and there’s the “1930s train car”. A Gilt City discount voucher for the current performances is available:

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Whether you’re dining in the 1930s train car, on the twinkling rooftop garden, or jumping straight into the infamous “Sleep No More” performance, you’re sure to expect a night unlike any other.
About the performance:

Described as “thrilling, mind-bending… [u]nlike anything you’ve ever seen,” by the New York Post, “Sleep No More” has been delighting New York audiences since 2011. The interactive play, produced by Emursive and award-winning London theater company Punchdrunk, presents a loose adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” through a film noir lens. Set at the fictional McKittrick Hotel (a former industrial space in West Chelsea), the experience begins in the Manderley Bar, where audience members are given masks and instructed to remain silent throughout the show. From there, they’re transported via elevator to one of the hotel’s five floors and let loose for the next few hours.

Wander through a cemetery, insane asylum and doctor’s office or follow an actor from scene to scene, taking in interpretive pantomime and dance sequences. Since you choose your own path through the story, your experience will be entirely unique. There’s no way of telling just what may happen.

What we love

  • Esteemed chefs Lee Hanson and Riad Nasr (Balthazar, Minetta Tavern) have taken over the McKittrick Hotel for the summer with the “Club Car,” a one-of-a-kind dining experience.
  • Seated inside a 1930s style train car-turned-restaurant, you’ll enjoy a surf-and-turf prix fixe menu that boasts flavors from old French and New York steakhouses with seafood inspirations from New Orleans.
  • Start off with doughy Parker House rolls and crudités before the main event of the dinner: a dry-age boneless rib-eye topped. The “surf” part of the meal changes daily and can range from scallops with romesco butter to soft shell crab.
  • Finish the decadent meal with a citrusy lemon chiffon cake or chocolate caramel tart and take in the dimly lit ambiance.

What to know

  • Redeem by Thu 08/31/17
  • Offer is final sale and non-refundable
  • Must be 21+ to consume alcohol; valid government ID required
  • Valid Thursday – Saturday
  • To view menu, please click here
  • Reservations are required and subject to availability; please book in advance of desired date
  • Gratuity is not included; we recommend tipping on the full value of service(s)
  • Tax is not included and will be charged upon redemption
  • Vouchers cannot be combined for multiple services
  • Offer cannot be combined with any other discounts or promotions
  • Voucher may be used to obtain the discount until August 31, 2017; after this date, the voucher is valid for the amount paid for five years from date of purchase, longer if provided by law
  • Photo credits: Jenny Anderson (Slides 1 and 4), DrielyS (Slide 2), Conor Harrigan (Slides 3 and 5) and Giafrese (Slide 6)

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Uptown Bounce: Latin Disco
Wednesday, August 9, 6:00 pm
Join us for the season finale of Uptown Bounce at a Latin-infused ’70s dance party inspired by the Museum’s exhibition, Rhythm & Power: Salsa in New York.
his program is presented in collaboration with El Museo Del Barrio and produced with Rebecca Lynn of Mobile Mondays! Special thanks to the New York International Salsa Congress and our media sponsors, Gothamist and WKTU.

For more information, including funding credits, please visit mcny.org.

* If you’re interested in purchasing alcoholic drinks, please bring your ID.

Images: Photos by Filip Wolak | Byron Company (New York, N.Y.) Roof Garden – American Roof Garden 1898 Eighth Ave at 42nd Street S.E. Cor. 1898. Museum of the City of New York, 93.1.1.18358. | Byron Company. Sports, Bathing, Midland Beach. 1898. Museum of the City of New York. 93.1.1.17470

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Uptown Bounce: Icons of the ’80s
Wednesday, August 2, 6:00 pmCelebrate the decade when hair was big, fashion was bold, and pop superstars reigned in this tribute to late great musical legends Whitney Houston, David Bowie, and George Michael. Enjoy cocktails* and dancing out on the Terrace, and tour the Museum’s exhibitions after hours.This event is free and open to the public but pre-registration is required. Includes Museum admission.
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Monday July 24

 

6:30 PM  –  8:00 PM

Nuyorican Poets Café, 236 E 3rd St

Since it opened in 1854, McSorley’s Old Ale House has been a New York institution. This is the landmark watering hole where Abraham Lincoln campaigned and Boss Tweed kicked back with the Tammany Hall machine; where a pair of Houdini’s handcuffs found their final resting place;and where soldiers left behind wishbones before departing for the First World War, never to return and collect them. Many of the bar’s traditions remain intact, from the newspaper-covered walls to the plates of cheese and raw onions, the sawdust-covered floors to the tall-tales told by its bartenders.

McSorley’s is also home to deep, personal stories – including that of Geoffrey “Bart” Bartholomew, a career bartender of 45 years, and his son Rafe who grew up helping his dad at the landmark bar. Join Rafe to talk about his new book on the topic, where he explores McSorley’s bizarre rituals, bawdy humor, and eccentric tasks, including protecting decades-old dust on treasured artifacts and defending a 150-year-old space against the worst of Hurricane Sandy.

Free. Reservations required.
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From Atlas Obscura:

Brooklyn, New York

Curiosities, Questions, & Cocktails at The House of Wax

Walk through an exhibition of Victorian wax figures and anatomical models, led by curator Ryan Matthew Cohn, with a drink in hand.

  • 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • 40.00 $
  • 45 Albee Square W , #4410, Brooklyn, New York, 11201, United States
  • The House of Wax opens their doors early for a private showing of their peculiar collection. Set inside the Alamo Drafthouse, the unusual cocktail bar is also the home to more than 100 anatomical models.Curator Ryan Matthew Cohn, who salvaged the collection from a 19th-century wax museum, will showcase highlights of the collection – from death masks of celebrities and murderers to Anatomical Venuses as well as assorted curiosities.After your tour, Ryan will entertain questions from guests and the mixologists will serve up their speciality concoctions. One cocktail is included in the price of your ticket: your choice of a Moscow mule or an Old Fashioned.

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    Email Larissa at larissa.hayden@atlasobscura.com.

    Advance Tickets Only. All Sales Final. No Refunds or Exchanges.

    Check out our full lineup of amazing adventures taking place all around the world on Obscura Day, our annual celebration of discovery!

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