There is perhaps no other way to describe the Illuminati Ball excursion than to say it is at once immersive theater and secret initiation ceremony*, a spiritual successor to the real-life Surrealist Ball hosted by the Rothschilds in 1972.
For this weekend, the Bowery Hotel, hosting the fourth annual New York Craft Distillers Festival, had been transformed into an all-night speakeasy, comprising 20 curated premium distillers offering a tasting menu of over 60 types of craft spirits.
Upon first glance, Shanghai Mermaid holds themed, throwback costume parties. Yet, the central conceit of the organizations is its mission to uproot attendees entirely, and abscond with them – to Shanghai them, if you will – to different geographies and time periods.
Supercinema is a way to experience nightlife through a cinematic lens. It encourages guests to enter the world of film through an evening of costumed-revelry, live theatrical performances and an open-bar all night long.
Shanghai Mermaid events are more of an experience than a party. Past soirees have transported you to casino in 1920’s Paris or to a speakeasy in Havana. This event dropped you in the middle of Marrakech in 1930 and was quite an adventure.
Historic Webster Hall, circa 1886, returned to its roots as Manhattan's seminal dance hall and meeting place. Michael Arenella & His dreamland Orchestra warmed guests with the finest Fox Trots this side of Shanghai.