Where to get dressed up for a night on the town.
Tue Dec 6 2011
Photograph: Michael Alexander
Gemini & Scorpio
The Glitter Ball
Party-planning mavens Gemini & Scorpio are launching their tenth-anniversary year with a bash inspired by the epic final blowout at Studio 54. Dressing to the theme is required, so make sure that you're decked out in something in the vicinity of '70s disco or shiny spaceman, or risk being barred from the event. Once you're in, get down all night long alongside aerialists and go-go dancers to deejayed funk and Afrobeat music. Irondale Center, 85 South Oxford St between Fulton St and Lafayette Ave, Fort Greene, Brooklyn (geminiandscorpio.com). Dec 31 time TBA; $35--$45.
The Winter Ball
Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra host their annual Winter Ball at Bogardus Mansion, an 18th-century Venetian palazzo just below Tribeca. Work up a sophisticated glow to swinging Jazz Age tunes by Dreamland, and take in performances by tap-dancing vixens the Minsky Sisters and French singer and accordionist Nicole Renaud, among others. Think vintage glamour when it comes to your wardrobe—the more sparkles, the better. Bogardus Mansion, 75 Murray St at West Broadway (dreamlandorchestra.com). Sat 10 8pm--2am; $50 (includes one drink).
The Wind Up
The Jewish Museum presents the Wind Up, a series of after-hours events in honor of various holidays and events. For their next event, CHERYL Does Hanukkah, they're joining forces with crazy artist collective CHERYL. The event kicks off with an open bar (8pm--9pm) to get everyone in a jolly mood. Musical performances and DJs are still up in the air, but you should probably start practicing the hora and coordinating an all-blue-and-white outfit now in preparation. The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave at 92nd St (212-423-3337, thejewishmuseum.org). Dec 15 8--11pm; $15, advance $12.
Dances of Vice
Dances of Vice organizer Shien Lee gives ample credit to her exotic guests and their enthusiasm for "beauty, romance and fantasy" for solidifying the creative atmosphere at her events. You have two opportunities to get tricked out in your finest this month: Channel your favorite storybook character for Pure Imagination: A Winter Toyland Holiday Brunch and enjoy live jazz from the Tickled Pinks, plus tap dancers, contortionists and a burlesque performance by Calamity Chang and Rita MenWeep. Next, kick off 2012 a night early at the Moonlight Circus, featuring cabaret by Amour Obscur and contortionist feats by Ekaterina. Pure Imagination: Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St at Thompson St (212-505-3474, dancesofvice.com). Dec 18 1pm--4pm; $15--$20. * The Moonlight Circus: Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Ave at 122nd St (212-870-6700, dancesofvice.com). Dec 30 at 8:30pm; $30--$50.