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January 24, 2021
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Intrigue, Cocktails, Jazz, Blackmail

By Alexandra Glorioso

Fri., Aug. 5: Wit’s End, Wasabassco Burlesque, Nasty Canasta, Gemini and Scorpio and Bell House Present Wasablanca at The Bell House, Gowanus

On Friday August 5th The Bell House transforms into a Moroccan den of intrigue, cocktails, jazz, blackmail and burlesque, all inspired by the classic Oscar-winning film Casablanca.

You’re invited to a fully immersive evening right out of the golden age of the silver screen, courtesy of an alliance of the most innovative and creative nightlife in New York City. It’s 1941(ish) and the unoccupied area of Brooklyn known as Wasablanca remains one of the last holdouts of freedom against the marching forces of fascism. At The Bell House people come to drink, dance, play games of chance and indulge in acts of subterfuge, conspiracy and illicit liaisons – because in Wasablanca the drinks are cheap, but freedom comes at a price.

The night’s festivities will feature couple-friendly, risque performances from Wasabassco Burlesque; Dick Swizzle’s BINGO-based games of chance; live music all night by The Gelber & Manning Band; a complex struggle of liberty against tyranny from ecdysiast playwright Nasty Canasta; and exquisitely crafted cocktails, jazz age ambience, and all the period dress, glamorous gowns, snazzy suits and fezzes you’ve come to expect from Wit’s End and Gemini & Scorpio events. It’s a party, it’s a play, it’s a show, it’s Wasablanca.

Featuring Dick Swizzle, Doc Wasabassco, Don Spiro, Gal Friday, Go-Go Harder, Hazel Honeysuckle, Madame Rosebud, Marlo Marquise, Matthew Holtzclaw, Medianoche, Nasty Canasta, and Stormy Leather, with live music by Gelber & Manning


About The Producers:

WIT’S END is New York’s monthly celebration of Jazz Age lifestyle, music, and aesthetics. Brought to you by Diane Naegel and Don Spiro, it celebrates the elegance and flair of New York nightlife of days gone by with vintage cocktail menus, dance lessons, live hot jazz, and guests having a jaunty evening in their 1920s/30s best.

8 p.m. Doors, $15 advance, $20 at the door


The Bell House

149 7th Street, between 2nd & 3rd Avenues in Gowanus

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