Scene spotlight: Dances of Vice: Tokyo Blade Runner

Neo-Tokyo glamour meets Blade Runner noir.

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  • Photograph: Michael Alexander

  • Photograph: Michael Alexander

  • Photograph: Michael Alexander

  • Photograph: Michael Alexander

    Jacqueline Crabtree, 28, teacher, Lower East Side (left); Joey Nova, "new age"; entertainer; Woodside, Queens (middle)

    Crabtree: "I used to be in the goth scene. With events like this, you get so many genres mixing together that you end up seeing a lot of familiar faces."

    Nova: "We have been friends for many years, but just happened to run into each other here. This is like a feast for the eyes---I'll definitely be back, but tonight we have a pact to leave in the next 15 minutes. If this were Saturday, we'd be leaving at 7am."

    Crabtree: "And then getting breakfast!"

  • Photograph: Michael Alexander

  • Photograph: Michael Alexander

  • Photograph: Michael Alexander

  • Photograph: Michael Alexander

  • Photograph: Michael Alexander

  • Photograph: Michael Alexander

  • Photograph: Michael Alexander

  • Photograph: Michael Alexander

  • Photograph: Michael Alexander

  • Photograph: Michael Alexander

  • Photograph: Michael Alexander

  • Photograph: Michael Alexander

  • Photograph: Michael Alexander

  • Photograph: Michael Alexander

  • Photograph: Michael Alexander

  • Photograph: Michael Alexander

  • Photograph: Michael Alexander

  • Photograph: Michael Alexander

  • Photograph: Michael Alexander

  • Photograph: Michael Alexander

  • Photograph: Michael Alexander

  • Photograph: Michael Alexander

  • Photograph: Michael Alexander

  • Photograph: Michael Alexander

  • Photograph: Michael Alexander

  • Photograph: Michael Alexander

  • Photograph: Michael Alexander

  • Photograph: Michael Alexander

  • Photograph: Michael Alexander

  • Photograph: Michael Alexander

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When: Sunday, October 16
The scene: When Shien Lee, the creative force behind these decadent, goth-and-glam productions takes the stage, party goers know something unorthodox is about to go down. Wrapped in a red latex dress, the wildly popular hostess introduces a steampunk ballerina, then a burlesque snake charmer and finally a knife dancer. The watching crowd sports expertly pinned rockabilly bouffants, floor-length velvet capes and studded bodysuits: "People go all-out, and that's what I love—the extravagance," says fetish photographer Sara Gage, just after modeling in the head-to-toe latex fashion show. Next party: Beyond the Veil: A Victorian Murder Mystery at Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Dr between 120th and 122nd Sts (dancesofvice.com). Sat 29 8pm--midnight; $25--$50.

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