THE LAST TABOOS: SECRETS OF THE EAST VILLAGE
7:30 pm—Wine reception
8pm — Tony Takes the Stage, surprise guest follows
9:30pm live jazz from the Kait McKendrick duo
Hope you can come along to the next literary extravaganza in KGB’s glamorous Red Room—in the same haunted tenement building where Emma Goldman plotted, Lucky Luciano operated the Palm Casino Speakeasy and wild-eyed Ukrainian Communists gathered over vodka—to hear Tony Perrottet in conversation with Ada Calhoun, author of St Marks is Dead: The Many Lives of America’s Hippest Street.
In the bohemian heart of the East Village, we’ll be plied with copious amounts of wine as Calhoun shares forgotten stories from the neighborhood—anecdotes about 19th century anarchists and Polish street gangs; urbane literary residents such as Frank O’Hara and W.H.Auden; less urbane beat locals such as Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg; as well as the more recent cast of 1970s punks, assorted serial killers and avant-garde artistes like the Velvet Underground.
Guest appearance by KGB’s owner, Denis Woychuk, the lawyer who defended the dreaded “Butcher of Tompkins Square Park” in 1991.