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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the national ban on the sale, production and transportation of alcohol that was in place from 1920 to 1933, was repealed.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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Tour the Big Apple This Weekend!

There’s no shortage of things to see in New York City – historic landmarks, great restaurants, rockin’ night-life and interesting neighborhoods. There’s also no shortage of informative tours that feature local experts who can share interesting anecdotes and historical facts. A good chunk of these tours use Brown Paper Tickets for their ticketing and today I wanted to highlight some of the great tours going on in New York this weekend. If you’re visiting the city, these tours can be a great way to learn the history of a given neighborhood or taste some of the amazing food that New York has to offer or event hunt ghosts in Grand Central Terminal.

If you’re a New Yorker, these tours can be a great way to learn something about your city that you may not have known before. Sometimes it’s fun to be a tourist in your own city and when you live in a city as vibrant and interesting as New York, there can be a lot to learn, even for a long-time resident.

Here’s our recommendations for tours going on in New York this weekend.

Greenwich Village Food Tour – See and taste real New York with local foods and sightseeing all-in-1 walking food tours. Attendees will have a full-lunch from 5 of the best shops and restaurants in this very popular neighborhood. Lunch starts with cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery made famous from Sex and the City, next is a freshly-made bagel with cream cheese, followed by an Indian vegetable roll. Then, have the best thin-crust pizza with fresh mozzarella and tomato sauce from Joe’s Pizzeria and Rocco’s cannoli for dessert. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2011 in Tours

 

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Hot Tickets: New York

Every Friday at noon, EST, Brown Paper Tickets will post 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! Anti-Semantic Comedy Show The Anti-Semantic Comedy Show presents some of New York’s top comedians and tonight’s show features: The Wall Street Playas (Financial Gainsta Rap from Staten Island), Rich Pinder (of the Anti-Semantic Show), Sergio Chicon (MTV TR3S, Miami Comedy Festival, SITV, Comedy Net, BET on Blast) and Seaton C. Smith (Opie and Anthony Virus tour, Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, web series, Annoy Charlie Smith Inc.)

TONIGHT! Stephen Colbert: Hire Me J.D. Durkin shows how political punditry mixes with shameless self-promotion on his quest to become a writer for The Colbert Report. First developed at Los Angeles’ iO West, each monthly show features all new material from the worlds of news, entertainment and politico. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2011 in Hot Tickets, New York

 

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Hot Tickets: New York

Every Friday at noon, EST, Brown Paper Tickets will post 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, August 12 Liquid Sound Lounge Summer 2011 Dance Boat Party: This legendary party is packed with great people dancing to the music of Jeannie Hopper’s Liquid Sound Lounge. No attitude, no pretension, just super soulful conscientious party people with a purpose! Partial proceeds go to benefit Art for Progress. Plus, who doesn’t love a good boat party?

Saturday, August 13 Mafia Walking Tour: This popular and exciting weekly tour through NYC’s Little Italy explores the former social clubs, homes and haunts of some of the most powerful 20th century mobsters, and uncovers the truth behind many Mafia legends. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 12, 2011 in Hot Tickets, New York

 

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