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Happy Repeal Day! Prohibition-style Events To Bring Out Your Inner-Flapper.

Seventy-eight years ago today, prohibition, the national ban on the sale, production and transportation of alcohol that was in place from 1920 to 1933, was repealed. Thus making today “Repeal Day.” Over the last few years we’ve seen a resurgence of interest in this very interesting time in American history. Speakeasy-style bars, classic cocktails with hand-cut ice cubes and the popularity of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire are all evidence of this trend. I have to admit, it’s hard to resist the romanticism of getting dressed up, going to a dimly-lit, subterranean gin joint and knocking back a sazerac while vintage jazz plays in the background.

Prohibition, obviously had some negative effects on American culture: organized crime grew rapidly as mafia groups got into the bootlegging business; the economy suffered as government funds were allocated to enforce prohibition; and it virtually destroyed the fledgling U.S. wine industry as lower quality grape vines with thick-skinned grapes that could be transported more easily replaced quality grape vines causing many winemakers to leave the United States for other wine producing countries or to get out of the wine business altogether. Also, ironically, alcohol-related deaths soared as Americans drank more than they ever had before prohibition. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 5, 2011 in Arts, Burlesque, Comedy, Music, Seasonal, Tours

 

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Hot Tickets: New York

Every Friday at noon, EST, Brown Paper Tickets posts upcoming events happening in the New York area. Here are hot tickets for events coming up. Check back for stellar events that fit the interests of locals and tourists alike.

TONIGHT! Friday, December 2 I African Diaspora International Film Festival  Established in 1993, the African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) is an international film festival which offers a unique, quality cinematic experience that places at its center the humanity of people of color all over the world. Through its rich and diverse programming, ADIFF offers an alternative world view to that typically offered by other international film festivals. Tonight they feature two films that should be of interest to all lovers of reggae music, Jamaican culture and Rastafarianism. At 5:25pm they’ll be screening The First Rasta about Leonard Percival Howell, the man who founded Pinncacle, the first Rasta community, after travelling the world as a sailor in the early part of the 20th century. Then at 9:40pm they’ll be screening The Story of Lovers Rock which tells the tale of Lovers Rock (often dubbed “romantic reggae”), a uniquely black British sound that developed in the late 70s and 80s against a backdrop of riots, racial tension and sound systems. Live performance, comedy sketches, dance, interviews and archival footage shed light on the music and the generation that embraced it. Both films will also be screened on Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4 at the Quad Cinema. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2011 in Hot Tickets, New York

 

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