Arts & Entertainment
The sexiest literary event in New York returns for fall
Photograph: Zenith Richards
Get out your corsets and feather boas—the Poetry Brothel is back. We’ve been fans of the Madame and her crew for years; they combine the steaminess of the city's best burlesque and hot musicians with the more highbrow world of poetry into a unique, only-in-New-York show. And we’re thrilled to announce they’ve added an additional installment of performances to their fall season, Small Batch Tuesdays, an even more intimate experience with only 40 guests. Check out the season highlights and start practicing your own sultry glances.
La Rive Gauche, Sun Sept 28
The Brothel selects a theme for each event, and to kick-off autumn, they’re paying homage to the quintessential home of bohemia, Paris’s historic Left Bank. Musical guests Sweet Megg and The Wayfarers will help lull away your cares, while burlesque divas Foxx Von Tempt & Poppy Tart put on a show. As always, poetry “whores” will be on hand to fulfill your more literary cravings, and legendary L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poet Charles Bernstein will be the night’s honored guest.
7th Annual Masquerade Ball, Sun Oct 26
It’s a little like Eyes Wide Shut meets Dead Poets Society; the Brothel’s infamous, annual party heightens their already-sensual shows into a fully rapturous experience. This year features psychic Nota Bene, a face and body painter, house band The Hot Club of Flatbush and acclaimed poet Deborah Landau.
Nouvelle Vague, Sun Nov 23
Channeling the French New Wave—think Breathless, Truffaut, Anna Karina—the Madame and her performers present an evening of short skirts, cigarettes and subtitles. The night’s cinematic stars include poets B.C. Edwards and Amy Lawless and musical act Padam Swing.
Small Batch Tuesdays, Oct 14 and Dec 9
Think of these new performances as distilled versions of the Brothel. They’re held in a smaller space to present a truly handcrafted evening of entertainment.