Stranded III

Ace extravaganza-makers Winkel and Balktick tell us how to survive their latest warehouse shindig on Sat 4.

1 Follow the Boy Scouts’ motto: Be prepared.
The shindig lasts for nine hours, so be sure to get plenty of rest beforehand. “Sleep in really late,” says Balktick. “You feel like you’re a winner when you make it till sunrise.” Then, find ways to get into the spirit of the event, which takes inspiration from the Forbidden City, the 15th-century Chinese imperial palace. “It’s about planning a day around it,” says Balktick, who suggests stopping by the Metropolitan Museum of Art to check out its Chinese treasures, or grabbing a bite to eat in Chinatown. Remember your ID (the event is 21 and over) and some cash; earplugs might be a smart accessory for the dance floor, which can get loud.

2 Plan your ensemble.
While costumes aren’t required, Balktick thinks they’re beneficial for partygoers. “It helps people feel a little silly,” he explains. “They’re more outgoing when they’re dressed up.” Again, let the theme be your muse; we suggest working with dragons and panda bears, or lots of red. Make sure that you can dance in your costume, and don’t wear anything that must stay pristine. “This is a warehouse party,” explains Balktick. “White clothing? White shoes? Kind of not advisable.” If you need help creating an outfit, hit up this week’s Make Fun workshop at the House of Yes (342 Maujer St between Morgan Ave and Waterbury St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn;; Wed 1 7--10pm; $20--$30), which will be devoted to creating Stranded costumes.

3 Arrive early.
“It can be really beautiful to be one of the first people there,” Balktick says. “Everything looks pristine, and the room has this super-enjoyable quiet before the storm.” The crowd is hoppin’ by midnight, but if you arrive before then, you’ll enjoy DJ sets from Dirtyfinger and Mister Saturday Night.

4 But pace yourself!
“Arrive with an open mind,” Winkel advises. “Expect the unexpected and be prepared to submit to something you’ve never experienced before.” You never know what will happen during a W&B fete: During their Galapagos-themed bash last September, one attendee showed up with a live tortoise. If you can’t find a pal to go with, no worries; the crowd is welcoming and friendly. (Very friendly—three couples who met at W&B parties have since gotten engaged or married.) Despite the free-for-all atmosphere, it’s best to stay somewhat sober. “You’re not in a bar,” says Balktick. “There’s a lot of stuff to do.” And if you start to feel sleepy, fear not: There are plenty of places where you can wander off to for a moment’s rest (before you get up again to participate in a rickshaw race).

5 Say hi to Mom.
“We’re buying hundreds of dollars’ worth of stamps,” says Balktick. “We want everyone to write a postcard to their parents from the event.”

GET LOST! Stranded III: The Forbidden City, location TBA; visit for details and to R.S.V.P. Sat 4 at 10pm; $20, advance $15.

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