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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the national ban on the sale, production and transportation of alcohol that was in place from 1920 to 1933, was repealed.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: San Francisco

Every Tuesday at noon, PST, Brown Paper Tickets will post upcoming events happening in the San Francisco Bay Area. Here are hot tickets for events coming up. Check back for stellar events that fit the interests of locals and tourists alike.

Tuesday, November 29The New Loin — A Holiday Cocktail Competition: Previously known as the “not so friendly” Loin, this area has traditionally been the “soft underbelly” of the city. An explosion of fresh restaurants and bars has made it one of SF’s newest hotspots.Tender Loin Restaurants and Bartenders unite to create neighborhood-inspired cocktails to start the holidays off. Each participating venue will compete to create an original BLOOM Gin drink that best represents their unique character. All proceeds to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation!

Friday, December 2 | Cinderella 2011: San Francisco’s African-American Shakespeare Company opens the 2011-12 season with an enchanting new production of CINDERELLA. This timeless tale, brought to whimsical, magical life just in time for the holidays, is an uplifting re-telling of the classic fairytale, featuring all of the pageantry, hilarity, and charm of the original, but with a soulful twist. This heartwarming story finds Cinderella, a young, beautiful dreamer, toiling away as a lowly scullery maid for her evil stepmother and stepsisters. With the help of a fabulous Fairy Godmother who makes the magic happen, Cinderella finds her Prince Charming and learns that anything is possible, even miracles.

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Posted by on November 29, 2011 in Hot Tickets, San Francisco

 

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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.

ALL WEEKEND LONG!! New York Hell’s Kitchen Film Festival The mission of the New York Hell’s Kitchen Film Festival is twofold: one, to revitalize and bring attention to Hell’s Kitchen as a community of artists and film enthusiasts by way of a digital film festival at the Producers’ Club, located in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen; and two, to provide a fresh and exciting New York film festival for independent filmmakers whose voices may still be new, undiscovered or unheralded, creating invaluable exposure for works that may have fallen through the cracks, are waiting to break through or demand further attention. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2011 in Hot Tickets, New York

 

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Hot Tickets: Boston

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

Thursday, June 30 to Saturday, July 9 MilkMilkLemonade by Joshua Conkel Emory is an effeminate 11-year-old boy who lives on a farm with his chain smoking Nanna and his only friend, a depressed chicken about to be processed. Nanna wishes Emory would get his head out of the clouds, stop choreographing ribbon stick dance numbers, and be more like Elliot, the boy down the road with a penchant for burning things. But Emory and Elliot have a relationship — just not one Nanna would expect or approve of. With absurd, poignant dialog and brutal characterizations. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2011 in Boston, Hot Tickets

 

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