on saturday, february 9th . . .


you are cordially invited to attend our annual 

lunar new year celebration at the red lotus room.   


step back into the glamour and decadence

of 1920's-1930's shanghai . . . sip secret elixirs, dance 

beneath golden lanterns and a huge chinese dragon, and 

watch sparkling performances conjured from the nightclubs of old 

shanghai.  our upstairs loft will be an opium den-themed hideaway,

with palm trees, hookahs, pots of tea, and chinese films playing all 

evening.  downstairs, we'll be serving hot noodles and almond

cookies at our food stand, and our cigarette girl will have

cigars, cigarettes, chocolates, and a special edition of

madame shanghai's secret potion.  there will be,   

as always, a fire ablaze in the garden. 


come dressed as a famous chinese

actress, a peking opera star, an opium trader,

an underworld kingpin, a displaced russian aristocrat,

a missionary, a courtesan, a foreign adventurer, a british

tycoon, a professional gambler, an expatriate, a sailor, or

any of the myriad of characters that lit up the fervent

world of shanghai's nightlife in it's colonial era.

by the mid 1920s, shanghai was known as the

"paris of the east", was the largest trading port in asia,

and arguably the most decadent place on the planet. gangsters

ran the opium trade and (allegedly) the secret police, and violence

was rampant.  shanghai was home to thousands of back-alley

opium dens, brothels, race-tracks, jazz clubs (using almost

solely american musicians), gambling casinos,

and nearly 60,000 expatriates.



performers will be:

burlesque by cassandra rosebeetle

red hot fire performance by the beautiful lady c

 the hot sardines playing foot-stomping, new orleans-style jazz

dance solos by mikku kawa, choreographed by angela harriell

a year of the snake-inspired dance duet by desert sin

belly-dancing in our upstairs "opium den" by djahari

aerial by lisa natoli


doors will open at 10:00pm.

music and performance will start soon after,

and continue until the very wee hours. 


costume, formal, or dressy vintage attire is required.

casual, contemporary attire will not be admitted,

no exceptions.  the soiree is 21+ and cash only.

advanced TICKETS are sold out.

there will be a limited number of tickets available at the door,

depending upon capacity.



the soiree will be, as always, at our very own


in brooklyn.   


this is my favorite party of the year!

i'm looking forward to spending it with you.


you are a snake if you were born in

1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, or 1989.

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