Gemini & Scorpio
cordially request your presence at

The Black And White Masked Ball

NYE, Sat 12/31/2012
9pm-5am, 21+ with ID (25+ suggested)

$40-60*, $30 after 12am, $20 after 2am
Listerious, amidst the Plaza Hotel’s signature red accents.

We pick up at the peak of the ball, with the 13-piece Hot Shim Sham Orchestra playing irresistible dance rhythms of swing, mambo, cha-cha, tango, and pop, and take the party both into the past and the future with daring music and variety acts. Featuring: Victorian music box mix, toy piano mayhem and Jank! circus techno by Sxip Shirey, Tuvan-throat-singing-as-dubstep-beats by Liron Peled, and virtuosic human beatboxing by Adam Matta. Tribal-fusion-meets-electro-swing oriental dance by Rio.

Champagne flows free 9-10pm. Brooklyn Swings teaches you basic swing moves 9:30-10pm. The masks come off at midnight.

Dress code and inspiration [you MUST dress to the theme/no casual attire]: black or white formal wear of any era (gray/silver ok); elaborate hats, masks, fans and parasols; horse race scene in My Fair Lady (Capote’s inspiration); original B+W Ball guests; pop-art/constructivism/De Stijl. If you must have another color mited VIP tix, with reserved tables & cocktail wait service: $80
Irondale Center, 85 S Oxford, Fort Greene, BK


“A pinnacle of New York’s social history,” the original ball was the glorious 1966 creation of already-infamous writer Truman Capote. Royalty and Hollywood idols, authors and political powerhouses filled the imposing ballroom in strict shades of black and white, masked and myaccent, make it minimal and red. Masks preferred but not required. Dress code more relaxed after 2am.

* Tickets are tiered as follows:
– Tier 1, $40 until 12am 12/15
– Tier 2, $50 until 12am 12/22
– Tier 3, $60 while tickets last / at door, if any