on saturday,  february 27th . . .



step back with

us into the glamour and the

decadence of 1920's/1930's shanghai.

dance beneath a golden chinese dragon, sip

secret elixirs, and watch performances conjured

from the nightclubs of old shanghai. take out your

fans, your cheongsams, and join us for a special

celebration.




禧 發 財 




by the mid 1920s,

shanghai was known as the

"paris of the east", due to its glamorous

nightlife and european influences.  it was the

largest trading port in asia, and arguably, the most

decadent place on earth. gangsters ran the lucrative opium

trade, and, allegedly, the secret police.  violence was rampant,

especially for many native chinese, subject to political opression

as well as poverty.  shanghai was also home to thousands of

back-alley opium dens, brothels, gambling casinos, and

jazz clubs {employing mostly american musicians}.

in addition to vice, this was also the golden age

of chinese cinema, and theaters were filled

with high quality films that reflected

the many, varied walks of

chinese life.



新年快乐  


come dressed

as a famous chinese actress,

a peking opera star, an opium trader,

an underworld kingpin, a displaced russian

aristocrat, a visiting japanese geisha, a gambler,

a british socialite, indian nobility, a shanghai lounge

singer, a french sailor, a taxi dancer, a corrupt police

chief, or any of the myriad characters that lit up

the fervent world of shanghai's nightlife

in its dramatic and colorful,

colonial era.





PERFORMERS INCLUDE:

shanghai burlesque by calamity chang

whiskey-soaked, gut bucket blues by the hot sardines

japanese ritual fire performance by masae cathy satouchi

french, latin, and american jazz from the 1920s & 1930s

chinese classical dance by ling tang

and more to come . . .



禧 發 財  


doors open at 10pm.

music & performance

will begin shortly after doors

open, and continue until the wee

hours. there will be a bar on each floor

that accepts both credit cards and

cash, and there will be a coat-

check. the party is

21+ only.

 



TICKETS:

advance ticket

sales are now closed. there

will be tickets at the door for $60.

please bring your paypal receipt or

payment confirmation, if possible. we

will also have your name on the paypal

list as well. {please remember that

tickets are non- refundable}.

see you soon!










TABLES:

are sold out.




 




LOCATION:

the soirée will take place

at the the downtown association,

a grand mansion hidden away in lower

manhattan. please click the box

for address, directions,

and a map . . .












DRESS CODE/ ATTIRE/ COSTUME:

asian costume,

dressy vintage, formal

attire, or very dressy cocktail

attire is required. {you cannot be

overdressed}. casual dress will not be

admitted {even if you have purchased}

a ticket}. please let your guests know

about our dress code policy, so as to

avoid disappointment at the door.

{and, of course, jeans or tennis

shoes are never allowed}.

thank you!


   

恭禧發財 



this is

one of my very

favorite parties of the

year, and i'm so looking

forward to seeing

you there.







p.s. you are a monkey if you were born in:

.





click on the character

for "monkey" above, for a

lovely description of the

DRAGON BALL

by flavor

pill.













 

on saturday,  february 23rd,


you are invited to

step back with us . . . into

the glamour and decadence of

1930's shanghai. come dance beneath a

chinese dragon and strings of glowing, golden

lanterns.  sip secret elixirs, eat dim sum, and watch

an evening of beautiful performances conjured from the

dimly lit nightclubs of old shanghai. dust off your top hat,

unpack your vintage cheongsams, your kimonos, gowns or

tuxedos. join us at our signature soirée and lunar new year

celebration!  come ring in the year of the fire pig, chinese

year 4717,  in a glorious mansion built in 1889 that

was patterned after a famous venetian palazzo.

let's toast this new year a second

time via the jazz age, in

old shanghai.


新年快乐




by the mid ‘20s,

the  city  of  shanghai  had

become   internationally   known as

“the paris of the east”, due  to  its  nightlife

scene and european influences. it was the largest

trading port in asia, and arguably, the most decadent

place on earth. gangsters ran the lucrative opium trade,

and,  allegedly,  the  secret  police.  violence  was  rampant,

especially  for  many  native  chinese, who  were  subject  to

both political oppression and  poverty.  it was also  home

to  thousands  of  back-alley opium dens, brothels, jazz

clubs, and gambling  casinos  filled with  glitterati.

it was also the golden age of chinese cinema,

and movie theaters showed high quality

chinese films that reflected the

many and varied walks

of  chinese  life.



  



come dressed

as a famous chinese actress,

a peking opera star, an opium trader,

an underworld kingpin, a displaced russian

aristocrat, a visiting japanese geisha, a gambler,

a british socialite, indian noble, shanghai lounge

singer, french sailor, taxi dancer, corrupt police

chief, or any of the myriad characters that lit

up the fervently dangerous world of

shanghai nightlife in its

colonial era.






HOURS:

8:00pm to 12:00am

 

MUSIC and PERFORMANCE:

shanghai  burlesque  by  minx arcana

traditional  chinese  dances  by  ling tang

jazz and blues by mara kaye & the boys

geisha  performances by masae satouchi

zhou yi’s ba ban chinese music society






TICKETS

general admission ~ $97

all tickets include an open bar.

tickets at the door will be $120.


TABLE OPTIONS:

if you’d like to purchase a table that

will be yours for the evening, you can. there

will be tables on both floors, and you’ll be able

to roam freely between them. table purchase does

not include admission cost. tickets and tables are

separate purchases and non-refundable.


main floor

(hot jazz band, dancing, bar, performances)

table for 2 ~ $50 (main floor)

table for 4 ~ $75 (main floor)

table for 5-8 ~ $100 (main floor)


2nd floor

(occasional live music & performances, main bar, terrace)

table for 2 ~ $40 (2nd floor)

table for 4 ~ $60 (2nd floor)












THE BAR:

there will be an open bar

on each floor as doors open at

8pm. last call will be at 11:30pm

and doors close at 12:00am.


 






FOOD:

we’ll have chinese

veggie noodles available for

purchase,  and our cigarette girl

will  have  her  usual  treats:  cloves

{smuggled in from java}, cigarettes,

chocolates, and a special version

of  madame  shanghai's

secret potion.

 





 


LOCATION:

the soirée will be

at the beautiful montauk

club, a private membership club

in park slope, brooklyn. please

click the box below for

information.



 






 


DRESS CODE:

very  dressy  vintage,

international, or asian attire.

creative  costume  is encouraged.

you cannot be overdressed. come as

an interesting character you might have

seen at a glamorous, underground club in

1930's shanghai. please note . . . casual dress

won't be admitted, even if you have a ticket.

please let your guests know about the dress

code to avoid any possible disappointment

at the door. {and, of course, jeans and/or

tennis shoes are never allowed at any

shanghai mermaid.} thank you so

much! you will have more

fun if you dress up!



 



 

this is one of my very

favorite parties of the year! after

this one, the next full shanghai mermaid

will be the VICTORIAN SEANCE, on saturday,

october 26th, though there will many other

fabulous soirées between now

and then.


i look forward to seeing you on the 23rd!

 





~ click here for the mailng list, and here to contact me.



~ if you'd like to volunteer for a few hours, the week of the party (but not the night of) in exchange for entry, please contact me in february. ~



~ this year is chinese year 4717, the year of the fire pig. it is said to be a year of fortune and luck! it is also said to be a year to invest, as well

as a year to make money. pig traits are: honesty, kindness,

cheerfulness, and charm.



~ you are a pig if you were  born in any of these years: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, or 2007 (shanghai mermaid was born in 2007!)

click to learn about the pig and find out this year’s horoscope.

you can look up other zodiac signs as well.



新年快乐



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