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The Poetry Brothel @ The New York City Poetry Festival
Jul
27
to Jul 28

The Poetry Brothel @ The New York City Poetry Festival

At the New York City Poetry Festival, The Madame and Mister Charley will take over the monument dedicated to Governors Island's founding, located on Colonel's Row, and turn it into their stage for the day. Performances will take place at 1pm, 2pm, and 4:30pm each day. Enjoy poetry, live jazz, vaudeville, mysticism, and more!

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The Poetry Brothel: Summer of Love
Aug
18
to Aug 19

The Poetry Brothel: Summer of Love

Summer doesn't have to end Darlings!

Come celebrate The Summer of Love with your favorite poets because the revolution didn't end in 1967- we brought it home with us.

Dust off the sand, wash off the chlorine and join us for a magical night of poetry dressed in bohemian fashions that will leave you hallucinating and tingling all over.

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The Poetry Brothel's 2nd Annual Weird Wilde Pride Celebration
Jun
9
to Jun 10

The Poetry Brothel's 2nd Annual Weird Wilde Pride Celebration

Summer is around the corner and what better way to embrace the coming heat than to join the Poetry Brothel for our 2nd annual Wilde Pride event. This year we plan to get weird!

Come enjoy non-stop punnilingus that knows no humility, deep brainal for those who want to push their literary boundaries, and an array of gorgeous talented tongues for the metaphoric tasting.

Don your dapper 19th century attire and come revel in a night of grammatical debauchery! Doors open at 6pm. The show runs from 7pm-10pm. Themed costumes and/or vintage formalwear are encouraged but not required. This event is 21+.

Photo by Winona Grey

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The Poetry Brothel: Garden Party
Jun
2
to Jun 3

The Poetry Brothel: Garden Party

Come deflower the Chicago Poetry Brothel at the first ever Poetry Brothel: Garden Party! Help us plant the seed of poetry, burlesque, magic and subversion, Dear Chicago, and watch what blooms from your deep city soil.

Doors open at 8 and the festivities continue on to midnight. Thematic costumes and/or cocktail attire are encouraged but not required.

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The Poetry Brothel: Dungeon (Boston)
May
30
to Jun 1

The Poetry Brothel: Dungeon (Boston)

Give to us your leather and take from us our lyric, our assonance. We welcome you once more to our annual deep, devilish Dungeon of our beloved brothel, an evening of substance and subversion.

Doors open at 8pm, and the show begins promptly at 8:30pm. As usual the festivities will be presided over by your hosts Mister Charley, The Madame, and that rapscallion, Tennessee Pink.


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The Poetry Brothel: Dungeon (NYC)
May
2
to May 3

The Poetry Brothel: Dungeon (NYC)

Give to us your leather and take from us our lyric, our assonance. We welcome you once more to our annual deep, devilish Dungeon of our beloved brothel, an evening of substance and subversion.

Poetry of the flesh will be presented by the dance stylings of Cassandra Rosebeetle, Bitch, Marz, Frankie Mxsgendered, Lux Aeterna, and Minx Arcana. Other diversions include mystics by Holy Crow, The Erotic Esoteric, and Rebecca Fey, illusions by The Magic, sketchy sketch artist Too Loose, and our house band Mute the Commercials. As always, the festivities will be resided over by Mister Charley, The Madame, and Tennessee Pink.

Doors open at 6:30pm, and the show begins promptly at 7pm. As usual the festivities will be presided over by your hosts Mister Charley, The Madame, and that rapscallion, Tennessee Pink.

The Poetry Brothel is brought to you by The Poetry Society of New York, in partnership with Indolent Books and Black Ocean.

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The Poetry Brothel's 2nd Annual Weird Wilde Pride Celebration
Apr
25
2:30 PM14:30

The Poetry Brothel's 2nd Annual Weird Wilde Pride Celebration

Summer is around the corner and what better way to embrace the coming heat than to join the Poetry Brothel for our 2nd annual Wilde Pride event. This year we plan to get weird!

Come enjoy non-stop punnilingus that knows no humilty, deep brainal for those who want to push their literary boundaries, and an array of gorgeous talented tongues for the metaphoric tasting.

Don your dapper 19th century attire and come revel in a night of grammatical debauchery!

Doors open at 6pm. The show runs from 7pm-10pm. Themed costumes and/or vintage formalwear are encouraged but not required. This event is 21+.

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The Poetry Brothel: Beltane (Los Angeles)
Apr
14
to Apr 15

The Poetry Brothel: Beltane (Los Angeles)

Welcome to a unique and interactive poetry event that takes poetry outside classrooms and lecture halls and places it in the lush interiors of a bordello. The Madame presents a rotating cast of poets, each operating within a carefully crafted character, who impart their work in public readings, spontaneous eruptions of poetry, and most distinctly, as purveyors of private poetry readings on beds, chaise lounges and in private rooms. For a small fee, all of the poets are available for these sequestered readings at any time during the event. Of course, any true bordello needs a good cover; ours is an literary cabaret featuring burlesque, live music, vaudeville, aerials, visual art, magic, mysticism, with newly integrated themes, performances and installations at each event.

Themed costumes are encouraged but not required. This event is 21+

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The Poetry Society of New York's Spring Gala
Apr
10
to Apr 11

The Poetry Society of New York's Spring Gala

The Poetry Society of New York invites you to its Spring Gala! The goal of this event is to raise funds and awareness for The New York City Poetry Festival, now in its ninth year. Each summer The New York City Poetry Festival gathers the poetry community of New York City on Governors Island's pastoral lawns for two days of free readings, workshops, book-selling, art installations, performances, and other poetic festivities. One major highlight of the festival each year is its Youth Poetry Festival, which offers children and young adults the opportunity to participate in interactive writing games, to generate new work, and to perform their work on stage alongside some of New York's greatest living writers. Over 14,000 people attended the New York City Poetry Festival last year. With your help, we hope to make this year's offering richer than ever. 

The Spring Benefit, to be held at the historic Players Club on Gramercy Park, will include live music and a cocktail hour from 7-8pm, a brief presentation and live auction beginning at 8pm, and an open bar and immersive performance elements throughout. Beer for this event has been lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery. 

***If you are unable to attend this year's spring benefit, but you would like to support The New York City Poetry Festival in 2019, please feel free to make a donation to or become a member of The Poetry Society of New York by clicking here. You or your organization can also sponsor The New York City Poetry Festival in 2019. NYCPOFEST Sponsorship options are listed here.


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The Poetry Brothel: AWP (Portland)
Mar
28
to Mar 29

The Poetry Brothel: AWP (Portland)

We heard your call for All Weird Poets, sweet Portland, and couldn’t be more delighted to deliver.

Join us in this unique and interactive poetry event that takes poetry outside classrooms and lecture halls and places it in the lush interiors of a bordello. The evening will be presided over by burlesques stylings, private poetry readings, magic, mystics, music, and of course, your Madame.

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The Poetry Brothel: St. Patrick's Day Drag Ball (NYC)
Mar
17
to Mar 18

The Poetry Brothel: St. Patrick's Day Drag Ball (NYC)

Oh how we can already see that bright green glitter in your eye— and in your hair and everywhere else. No need to pinch yourself, it’s here, it’s happening: The St. Patrick’s Day Drag Ball. Join us in this gender-bending, lyric-lending evening of glamour. It might be your lucky day.

The evening’s festivities will be carried out by the burlesque stylings of Munroe Lilly, Clara Coquette, Puss N’ Boots, Feathers Taylor, mystics by Holy Crow, The Erotic Esoteric, and Rebecca Fey, sketches by sketchy sketch artist Too Loose, body painting by Liz Belomlinsky, and our house band Mute the Commercials. The festivities will be resided over by Mister Charley, The Madame, Tennessee Pink, and our guest co-host of the evening Momo Shade

Doors open at 6:30pm. The show begins promptly at 7:30pm. Themed costumes are encouraged but not required. This event is 21+

The Poetry Brothel is brought to you by The Poetry Society of New York, in partnership with Indolent Books and Black Ocean.

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The Poetry Brothel: Dungeon (Be Mine) - Los Angeles
Feb
17
to Feb 18

The Poetry Brothel: Dungeon (Be Mine) - Los Angeles

The Poetry Brothel invites you to descend deeply into the darkness: welcome to our Dungeon of love which will cater to its audience’s darker passions. Do you yearn to feel the crack of the spine of a book?Do you hunger for delicious words dripping from sensuous lips? Do you enthusiastically consent to explore BDSM (Books, Diction, Descriptive Stanzas, Similes and Metaphors)? Are you ready to indulge in imagination, to feel real feelings, to be gutted by gorgeousness? Will you allow our poets, our musicians, our aerial and burlesque dancers to have their willful ways with your heart?

Well, come on over, you kinky thing!

As our Poets cater to our audience's passions, our On-Stage Cabaret will Spellbind you Hand and Foot, with the Masterful Entertainments we have Whipped Up: Aerialist Lena Fumi, Burlesque Mistresses Olivia Bellafontaine and Jessabelle Thunder, Palm and angel numbers reader Crystal, The musical siren calls of Joseph of Windows to Sky and The Blue Wagon Trio, and cages full of well-trained Poetry Whores for your perusal, hosted by none other than Madam Tallula and Ach, Suzette!

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The Poetry Brothel: Lupercalia (NYC)
Feb
14
to Feb 15

The Poetry Brothel: Lupercalia (NYC)

Answer with us the call of the wolves on this blood-red-letting evening of mystics, mayhem, and more. Help us sanctify this sacred space of syntax and party as the Romans do. What could be more romantic?

Poetry of the flesh will be recited by burlesque Mademoiselle Estelle and Holly Bordeaux. Other diversions will include mystics Holy Crow and Rebecca Fey, illusions by The Magic, sketches by sketchy sketch artist Too Loose, the musical stylings of Feathers Taylor, and our house band Lucy & The Monsters. And of course, the evening will be presided over by Mister Charley, The Madame, and that rapscallion Tennessee Pink.

Doors open at 6:30pm. The show begins promptly at 7:30pm. Themed costumes are encouraged but not required. This event is 21+.

The Poetry Brothel is brought to you by The Poetry Society of New York, in partnership with Indolent Books and Black Ocean.

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The Poetry Brothel: Dungeon of Love (San Francisco)
Feb
13
to Feb 14

The Poetry Brothel: Dungeon of Love (San Francisco)

The Poetry Brothel invites you to descend deeply into the darkness: welcome to our Dungeon of love which will cater to its audience’s darker passions. Do you yearn to feel the crack of the spine of a book? Do you hunger for delicious words dripping from sensuous lips? Do you enthusiastically consent to explore BDSM (Books, Diction, Similes and Metaphors)? Are you ready to indulge in imagination, to feel real feelings, to be gutted by gorgeousness? Will you allow our poets, our musicians, our aerial and burlesque dancers to have their willful ways with your heart?

Well, come on over, you kinky thing!

As our Poets cater to our audience's passions, our On-Stage Cabaret will Spellbind you Hand and Foot, with the Masterful Entertainments we have Whipped Up: Burlesque Mistresses Redbone and Edie Eve, The musical siren calls of Zla Vila, and cages full of well-trained Poetry Whores for your perusal, hosted by none other than Madam Tallula and Ach, Suzette! We are also pleased to announce our featured reader- Kristen E. Nelson!

It was torture to be apart.
Now it can be torture to be together!

Madam Tallula presents a rotating cast of poets who impart their work as purveyors of private poetry readings in secret, hidden, well-appointed chambers. You may avail yourself of your choice of poet for tokens at any time during the event. 


Doors open at 8, show from 8:30-11:30

On Consent:

Behave with beauty, connect with intention. We are, by and large, a no-contact event -- here to blow your mind and nothing else! Always ask before touching anyone in our House, and report any discomfort to security or staff or the Madam Herself without delay.

Photo of Frankie Tan by Amanda Hoskinson

This event is 21+

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The Poetry Brothel: Lupercalia (Boston)
Feb
13
to Feb 14

The Poetry Brothel: Lupercalia (Boston)

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Answer with us the call of the wolves on this blood-red-letting evening of mystics, mayhem, and more. Help us sanctify this sacred space of syntax and party as the Romans do. What could be more romantic?

Poetry of the flesh will be recited by burlesque dancers Kimmy Moore and LunaLupa, as well as aerialist Lili Mitchell. Other diversions will include Crystal the Holistic Healer, tarot readings by Marissa Heeter, sketches by sketchy sketch artist Ichiban, and music by our house band The Tom Dowd Group. And of course, the evening will be presided over by Mister Charley, The Madame, and that rapscallion Tennessee Pink.

Doors open at 8pm and the show begins promptly at 8:30pm. This event is 18+.

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The Poetry Brothel: LA's 1st Annual Holiday Office Party
Dec
16
to Dec 17

The Poetry Brothel: LA's 1st Annual Holiday Office Party

Madam Tallula brings to you, dear City of Angels, the 1st annual Holiday Office Party on Sunday, December 16th! That's right, we're gonna throw the photocopier up on the stage, and if you don't get your ass up there and sing a carol young man... Expect burlesque, aerials, live music, magic, tarot and palm readings, vaudeville, and plenty more naughty. Isn't that nice? 

The El Cid tapas kitchen and bar will be open for dinner and drinks throughout. Doors open at 6pm. The show runs from 7pm-10pm. Themed costumes and/or vintage formalwear are encouraged but not required. 

 

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The Poetry Brothel @ Art Basel, Miami
Dec
5
to Dec 9

The Poetry Brothel @ Art Basel, Miami

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Darlings, lovelies, snowbirds: let us take over your hearts, your beaming hearts of sun, the same way we’re taking over the Penthouse at Hotel Breakwater in South Beach. That’s right, throughout the sprawling neon madness of Art Basel, your favorite poetry whores will be just a handful of stories up and away from the sand. Miami vice? Which one? We love all of them.

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The Poetry Brothel: 4th Annual Office Holiday Party
Dec
2
to Dec 3

The Poetry Brothel: 4th Annual Office Holiday Party

This Holiday season The Poetry Brothel is bringing back its Old Timey Office Holiday Party! That's right, we're gonna throw the photocopier up on the stage, and if you don't get your ass up there and sing a carol young man... This year's show will include burlesque by Puss N Boots and Cassandra Rosebeetle, pole dancing by Lux Aeterna, aerials by The Lost Boys, musical performances by Brother Brian Davis and Hot Club of Flatbush, divinations by Holy Crow, Rebecca Fey and The Erotic Esoteric, body painting by Liz Belomlinsky, magic by Daniel Taylor, sketchy sketches by Too Loose and *a roll please, drummer boy,* the National Book Award-winning poet Terrance Hayes, our featured reader of the night. 

As always, the show will be overseen by your hosts, The Madame, Mister Charley, and that rapscallion Tennessee Pink. 

Doors open at 7pm, and the show begins promptly at 7:15pm and ends at 10pm, though you're welcome to stay on afterwards. This event is 21+. 

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The Poetry Brothel: Pantheon
Nov
18
to Nov 19

The Poetry Brothel: Pantheon

Pantheon is a Greek adjective that means "honor all gods."

Madam Tallula invites all lovers of Mythology to join us for our Pantheon Celebration as we invoke Aphrodite, Odin, Shiva, Poseidon, Isis, Oshun, Papa Legba, and more! 

Welcome to a unique and immersive poetry event that takes poetry outside classrooms and lecture halls and places it in the lush interiors of a bordello.

Madam Tallula presents a rotating cast of poets, each operating within a carefully crafted character, who impart their work in public readings of poetry, and most distinctly, as purveyors of private, secret poetry readings on beds, chaise lounges and in private rooms. For a small fee, all of the poets are available at any time during the evening.

Of course, any true Bordello needs a good cover; ours is an immersive cabaret featuring burlesque, live music, vaudeville, aerials, visual art, magic, mysticism, with newly integrated themes, performances, and installations at each event.

On the open patio, the troupe presents Tarot readings, poetic souvenirs, live typewriter poetry, and occasional burlesque and musical performances.

Doors open at 6pm. The show runs from 7pm-10pm. Themed costumes and/or vintage formalwear are encouraged but not required.

This event is 21+

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The Poetry Brothel: The Big Easy
Nov
15
to Nov 16

The Poetry Brothel: The Big Easy

Do you hear the trumpets calling? Do you feel your multitudes of blues spreading across your soul, as parades often do? Join us then on Thursday, November 15th, as we celebrate The Big Easy at our little bordello. The event will include burlesque by Venatrix, Minx Arcana and Cassandra Rosebeetle, music by our house band Joanna Sternberg & The Big Easy Band, palm readings and jewelry by Holy Crow, tarot readings by Rebecca Fey, reiki by The Erotic Esoteric, body painting by Liz Belomlinsky, magic by Daniel Taylor, and sketchy sketches by Too Loose. As usual the festivities will be presided over by your hosts Mister Charley, The Madame, and that rapscallion, Tennessee Pink. 

Doors open at 6pm with a happy hour from 6-7pm. The show runs from 7pm-9pm with private readings continuing until 10pm, at least. Themed costumes and/or vintage formalwear are encouraged but not required. This event is 21+

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The Poetry Brothel: Halloween Party!
Oct
31
to Nov 1

The Poetry Brothel: Halloween Party!

Join us, darlings, for a dazzling chaos of tricks, a slow dance with those skeletons in our closets, and treats— so many treats. As usual, the festivities will be presided over by your favorite poetry whores and of course your hosts, Mister Charley, The Madame, and that rapscallion, Tennessee Pink. 

Doors open at 6pm with a happy hour from 6-7pm. The show runs from 7pm-9pm with private readings continuing until 10pm, at least. Themed costumes and/or vintage formalwear are encouraged but not required. This event is 21+

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The Poetry Brothel: 4th Annual Masquerade (SF)
Oct
24
to Oct 25

The Poetry Brothel: 4th Annual Masquerade (SF)

Madam Tallula presents a night of grinning yellows, spinning reds, golden eyes; a trail of paper faces that lead to your wildest fancies. Celebrate LA's 4th annual Masquerade with poetry, burlesque, tarot readings, poetic souvenirs, installations, live music, aerials and beyond. We're dying to see you, O darling nameless you.

Doors open at 8pm; show starts at 8:30pm. Themed costumes and/or evening wear are encouraged but not required. This event is 21+

"Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth." - Oscar Wilde

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The Poetry Brothel: 11th Annual Masquerade
Oct
24
to Oct 25

The Poetry Brothel: 11th Annual Masquerade

Could there be anything more intimate than a secret? Come dressed in your most dazzling faces and revel in this private splendor with your favorite poetry whores on Wednesday, October 24th, for the 11th annual Masquerade. The event will include burlesque by Puss N Boots and Mademoiselle Estelle, live music by Kelly Green & the Masked Bandits, palm readings and jewelry by Holy Crow, tarot readings by Rebecca Fey, reiki by The Erotic Esoteric, body painting by Liz Belomlinsky, magic by Daniel Taylor, and sketchy sketches by Too Loose. As usual the festivities will be presided over by your hosts Mister Charley, The Madame, and that rapscallion, Tennessee Pink. 

Doors open at 6pm with a happy hour from 6-7pm. The show runs from 7pm-9pm with private readings continuing until 10pm, at least. Themed costumes and/or vintage formalwear are encouraged but not required. This event is 21+

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The Poetry Brothel: 4th Annual Masquerade
Oct
21
to Oct 22

The Poetry Brothel: 4th Annual Masquerade

Madam Tallula presents a night of grinning yellows, spinning reds, golden eyes; a trail of paper faces that lead to your wildest fancies. Celebrate LA's 4th annual Masquerade with poetry,  burlesque, tarot readings, poetic souvenirs, installations, live music, aerials and beyond. We're dying to see you, O darling nameless you.  

Doors open at 6pm. The show runs from 7pm-10pm. Themed costumes and/or vintage formalwear are encouraged but not required. This event is 21+. The El Cid tapas kitchen and bar will be open for dinner and drinks throughout.

 

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The Poetry Brothel: Season of the Witch
Oct
18
to Oct 19

The Poetry Brothel: Season of the Witch

What magic and mystery will lure you where the veil between the two worlds is thinnest? Join us, lovelies, at the dying of the harvest and beginning of the night. Our witches will be joined with burlesque by Puss N Boots, Cassandra Rosebeetle and Munroe Lily, divinations by Holy Crow, Rebecca Fey, The Erotic Esoteric and a bevy of other palm and tarot readers, body painting by Liz Belomlinsky, magic and mentalism by Daniel Taylor, and sketchy sketches by Too Loose. As usual the festivities will be presided over by your hosts Mister Charley, The Madame, and that rapscallion, Tennessee Pink. 

Doors open at 7pm, and the show begins promptly at 7:15pm. The Poetry Brothel staged show will wrap up at 10pm, but feel free to stay on for House of Yes's free Thursdaydance party, Dirty Thursday, where the poets will continue to be available for private readings. This event is 21+. 

The Poetry Brothel: Season of the Witch is in partnership with The Alchemist's Kitchen.

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The Poetry Brothel: Ziggy Stardust
Sep
29
to Sep 30

The Poetry Brothel: Ziggy Stardust

Rebels and lovers, dancers and dreamers, we're here to sell you the world— a world of moonage daydreams, astroids androgynous, sound, vision. Join us on Friday, September 28th for aerials by The Lost Boys and Mademoiselle Estelle, burlesque by Venatrix, Clara Coquette, Puss N Boots and Feathers Taylor, and performance art by Cal Fish. You can also expect music from Mute the Commercials, palm readings and jewelry by Holy Crow, tarot by Rebecca Fey, reiki by The Erotic Esoteric, magic by Daniel Taylor, body painting by Liz Belomlinsky, and sketchy sketches by Too Loose. As usual the festivities will be presided over by your hosts Mister Charley, The Madame, and that rapscallion, Tennessee Pink. 

Doors open at 9pm at The Cutting Room— where the Starman himself once performed— and the show begins promptly at 9:30pm. Seating is first come, first serve, so we encourage you to arrive early (and stay late). Themed costumes and/or vintage formalwear are encouraged but not required. The evening will wrap up right around 1am. This event is 21+. 

 

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The Poetry Brothel: Hitchcock
Sep
26
to Sep 27

The Poetry Brothel: Hitchcock

In lieu of our summer vacancy, dear lovelies, we return to you this season with sharp-cutting wings, a gold-haired heroine, poetry, a dream. Join us Wednesday, September 26th, to discover what's behind our rust-red curtains. Expect suspense, intrigue, burlesque by Venatrix, Puss N Boots, Mademoiselle Estelle and Clara Coquette, live jazz by Jaquelyn West and the Strangers, divinations by Holy Crow, Nota Bene Bene and Erotic Estoeric, sketchy sketches by Too Loose, and of course, your favorite poetry whores. As usual the festivities will be presided over by your hosts Mister Charley, The Madame, and that rapscallion, Tennessee Pink. 

Doors open at 6pm with a happy hour from 6-7pm. The show runs from 7pm-9pm with private readings continuing until 10pm, at least. Themed costumes and/or vintage formalwear are encouraged but not required. This event is 21+

 Let us come together like two taxis on Broadway, or like two hands; a perfect crime. We promise to leave you spellbound.

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The Poetry Brothel: Undercover
Sep
16
to Sep 17

The Poetry Brothel: Undercover

Under cover of night, Madame Tallula has gathered her secret agents of change and contemplation... Take a peek under our covers at what whispered mysteries await you. Sugar and spies in a familiar guise? Don't judge a book undercover...

Doors open at 6pm with a little happy hour from 6pm-7pm. The show runs from 7pm-10pm. Themed costumes and/or vintage formalwear are encouraged but not required. This event is 21+. 

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Jul
28
to Jul 29

The Poetry Brothel's Summer Garden Party @ NYCPOFEST

Every year on the last weekend in July, The New York City Poetry Festival unites the vast and diverse poetry community of NYC on the idyllic summer paradise of Governors Island. The New York City Poetry Festival is free and open to the public, so come enjoy a rare complimentary performance of The Poetry Brothel on the lawns of Colonel's Row, encircled by sycamores. Don't forget your picnic blankets and parasols, darlings!

The Poetry Brothel will perform on stage from 1:30pm-2pm and be open for private readings from 2pm-5pm on both Saturday & Sunday, July 28th & 29th. 

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