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Photos from April 30 at St Cloud

Kita, Dandy, and Clara.

Kita, Dandy, and Clara.

It was chilly but so fun on the rooftop of the Knickerbocker Hotel, as we held our April party at St. Cloud. We danced to Mike Davis and the New Wonders, after a super dance lesson by Jeri and Neal. Our hostess Kita St Cyr kept everyone on their toes. Special thanks to our indefatigable DJ Mike Will Cut You Haar, who’s fingers didn’t fall off in the spring chill. We have MANY special guests stop by, including Miss Art Deco Dandy Dillinger, Dandy Wellington, Eden Atencio, the Art Deco Society of New York, Robin Wallace, and enough burlesque performers to start a festival. The party continued until 1:30 AM!

Big thanks to our sponsors, Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur and Death’s Door Gin. We had wonderful service by the staff of St. Cloud, who treat us so well.

We don’t know when our next party will be, but it will be a super one. Thanks to all who came out.

Zoe Ziegfeld Charming Our Seventh Anniversary Party

Zöe Ziegfeld

Zoe Ziegfeld

For the Wit’s End™ Seventh Anniversary Party on Feb. 27, we are adding a special guest with a secret tie to the history of our new venue, The Knickerbocker Hotel. We are pleased to announce that snake charmer Zoe Ziegfeld—the long-lost descendant of legendary showman Florenz Ziegfeld—will perform at St. Cloud, on the rooftop of The Knick.

The Ziegfeld name has been absent on Forty-second Street since 1932, when Flo took his final curtain call on planet earth. Zoe will bring it back to Times Square for Wit’s End after an eighty-four year absence. When Flo ran his ground-breaking Ziegfeld Follies next door at the New Amsterdam Theatre, he was a frequent visitor to The Knick.

Zoe self-identifies as an Existential Feminist Performance Art Stripper. She is an award-winning burlesque performer, an unapologetic strip-club stripper, and a snake charmer at the Coney Island Circus Sideshow. She has performed all over the country and is one of the most exciting and dynamic entertainers on the scene today. Zoe dazzles like an old school circus performer, and will be travelling (and charming) with her silent partner.

Don’t miss this party. Advance tickets are available now for $20. Tickets are also available at the door, and there is a special Eleven O’Clock Frolic ticket at 11 p.m. at the door for $15. The Knickerbocker is located at 6 Times Square, on the corner of Broadway and 42nd St.

Our headliner is Dandy Wellington and His Band, the best-dressed performer in New York. Our hostess is the showgirl with the million-dollar smile, Kita St. Cyr. With vintage music coming from DJ Mike Will Cut You, host of “Ragged But Right” on WFMU Radio and performs at the Jazz Age Lawn Party.

St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Don Spiro)

Kita St. Cyr, St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Don Spiro)

About the Wit’s End Party:

Doors open at 8:00 pm. At 9:00 pm is a free dance lesson, taught by professional instructors Jeri Lynn Astra and Neal Groothuis. Learn classic steps such as Balboa and Lindy Hop that will be useful once the live music begins. The band begins at 10:00 pm.

Wit’s End serves cocktails made with fresh ingredients and premium spirits following the classic cocktail recipes of the Prohibition Era. St. Cloud will present a classic cocktail menu to transport you back to the speakeasy era, when guests such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Florenz Ziegfeld were on the premises. Table service is available and reservations are highly recommended. After you buy tickets, email us to reserve a table at St. Cloud (first-come, first-served).

The Wit’s End Dress Code:

Vintage and vintage-inspired clothing is recommended. Gentlemen must wear coat and tie. Not permitted: Denim, tennis shoes, flip-flops, T-shirts, shirts with graphics, tank tops, baseball caps.

Don’t You Want to Be on the Roof at St Cloud?

Sixteen-floors above Times Square is the new home of Wit’s End™ at St. Cloud in the Knickerbocker Hotel. Nobody else has outdoor space for a vintage Jazz Age party like this in New York. Plus there is a cigar lounge stocked by Nat Sherman’s. Look at these views from our January party. Our next one is Feb. 27!

St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Jane Kratochvil)

St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Jane Kratochvil)

St. Cloud

St. Cloud, the rooftop of the Knickerbocker Hotel. Photo: Jane Kratochvil.

St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Jane Kratochvil)

St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Jane Kratochvil)

St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Jane Kratochvil)

St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Jane Kratochvil)

St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Jane Kratochvil)

Dandy Dillinger, St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Jane Kratochvil)

St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Jane Kratochvil)

Mr. and Mrs. Gotham, St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Jane Kratochvil)

St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Don Spiro)

Kita St. Cyr, St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Don Spiro)

St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Don Spiro)

DJ Mike Will Cut You, St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Don Spiro)

St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Don Spiro)

St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Don Spiro)

St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Don Spiro)

St. Cloud Rooftop (Photo: Don Spiro)

Wit’s End™ presents Dandy Wellington and His Band, at the 7th anniversary party at St. Cloud in the Knickerbocker Hotel, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016. This is the fourth straight year that Dandy has performed at our anniversary party: He’s played February 2013, 2014, and 2015. Order Tickets Online Via Brown Paper Tickets

Tonight the party is in the Knickerbocker Hotel, opened in 1906 by the legendary John Jacob Astor IV on the corner of Forty-second Street and Broadway. In 2015, following a $225-million renovation, it reopened to glowing reviews. Wit’s End will be ensconced in St. Cloud—called “New York’s greatest rooftop lounge” with sweeping views of Times Square—sixteen stories above Broadway.

Also on the bill tonight is DJ Mike Will Cut You, New York’s vintage music DJ who plays classic sounds from 80-year old recordings. He is the host of “Ragged But Right” on WFMU Radio and performs at the Jazz Age Lawn Party. The hostess is glamorous showgirl Kita St. Cyr, channeling Mae West, Yma Sumac, and a dash of Lili St. Cyr. The co-sponsor of the party is the Dorothy Parker Society, the drinking club with a book problem.

Advance Tickets:
Order Online Via Brown Paper Tickets
General Admission: $20
11 O’Clock Frolic (doors open 11pm): $15
At the Door
General Admission (doors open 8pm): $20
11 O’Clock Frolic (doors open 11pm): $15

About the Wit’s End Party:

Doors open at 8:00 pm. At 9:00 pm is a free dance lesson, taught by professional instructors Jeri Lynn Astra and Neal Groothuis. Learn classic steps such as Balboa and Lindy Hop that will be useful once the live music begins. The band begins at 10:00 pm.

Wit’s End serves cocktails made with fresh ingredients and premium spirits following the classic cocktail recipes of the Prohibition Era. St. Cloud will present a classic cocktail menu to transport you back to the speakeasy era, when guests such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Florenz Ziegfeld were on the premises. Table service is available and reservations are highly recommended. After you buy tickets, email us to reserve a table at St. Cloud (first-come, first-served).

The Wit’s End Dress Code:

Vintage and vintage-inspired clothing is recommended. Gentlemen must wear coat and tie. Not permitted: Denim, tennis shoes, flip-flops, T-shirts, shirts with graphics, tank tops, baseball caps.

Photos From January Debut at Knickerbocker Hotel

Wit’s End had a fantastic debut at St. Cloud at the Knickerbocker Hotel on January 30, 2016. Michael Arenella performed a sublime show of authentic jazz. We saw the crowning of Miss Art Deco, Dandy Dillinger. We raffled off a dinner at Charlie Palmer at the Knick. The rooftop was open for the cigar lounge. Our professional dance instructors, Jeri and Neal, wowed the crowd. And we saw the return of our hostess, Kita St. Cyr, after too-long absence. Thanks to our sponsor, Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur. And where would we be without the Dorothy Parker Society? It was an incredible debut party at St. Cloud. Enjoy the photos by Jane Kratochvil, and we’ll see you on Feb. 27 for Dandy Wellington and His Band.

Michael Arenella. Photo by Jane Kratochvil.

Michael Arenella. Photo by Jane Kratochvil.

On the rooftop at St. Cloud. Photo by Jane Kratochvil.

On the rooftop at St. Cloud. Photo by Jane Kratochvil.

Jeri & Neal dance lesson at St. Cloud. Photo by Jane Kratochvil.

Jeri & Neal dance lesson at St. Cloud. Photo by Jane Kratochvil.

Dancing at St. Cloud. Photo by Jane Kratochvil.

Dancing at St. Cloud. Photo by Jane Kratochvil.

Countess Eden at St. Cloud. Photo by Jane Kratochvil.

Countess Eden at St. Cloud. Photo by Jane Kratochvil.

Our Year In Review 2015: Hot

Dandy Wellington, Feb. 2015, Wit's End

Dandy Wellington, Feb. 2015, Wit’s End


Wit’s End™ began in 2009, and in 2015 we managed to have 11 monthly parties. It was quite a year, with some of New York’s greatest jazz bands performing. We had wonderful nights at Flute Midtown, which was an actual speakeasy run by the legendary Texas Guinan. In November we squeezed in one more part at the new Fillmore Room in West Chelsea.

A big thank you to the staff of Flute this year, who were superb hosts and really helped us have so many fantastic nights.

Kita, Christine, and Mike

Kita, Christine, and Mike

We are very lucky to have such a great team. Everyone that comes to one of our parties meets Christine at the door. Our dance leaders, Jeri-Lynn and Neal, have been with us since 2009. Our hostesses this year were Kita St. Cyr, Dandy Dillinger, Miss Melody Jane, and Eden Atencio. We think we have the best hostesses around!

We were joined by DJ Mike Will Cut You, who performed at most of our events in 2015. A WFMU Radio Host, Mike plays select tracks from his collection of rare vintage songs.

The producers this year: Kevin Fitzpatrick, Michael Haar, and Don Spiro (founder).

We kicked things off on January 31 with our “Hot Time in Winter Party” with hot jazz from Jessy Carolina and the Hot Mess! Our hostess, Kita St. Cyr, spiced things up on a very cold night!

February 28 was our Sixth Anniversary party, and was the return of Dandy Wellington and His Band. It was fantastic (and crowded) night as we celebrated six years of being the longest-running monthly vintage party in New York. Dandy blew the doors off. Showgirl Kita St Cyr added the sparkles.

“A Night in Clover” was the theme of our March 28 party, with jazz from The Lady Bugs. Led by Martina DaSilva, it was one of the sweetest-sounding parties we’ve ever had. And with two ukuleleists in the house!

Melody Jane, DJ Mike Will Cut You, Dandy Dillinger

Melody Jane, DJ Mike Will Cut You, Dandy Dillinger

April 25 brought our annual “April Showers” party. Our period jazz was provided by Mike Davis and his Chicago Loopers. Our hostess was the lovely Dandy Dillinger.

The best hot jazz musicians in the east (and some from the west) attended the Third Annual New York Hot Jazz Festival on May 3 at the Players Club. Wit’s End™ sponsored the after party at midnight. It was an amazing jam session led by David Ostwald and Gordon Au.

“Mischief in May” on May 30 was swell party with Glenn Crytzer’s Quartet! Our hostess, Dandy Dillinger, continued her tradition of providing some pretty awful jokes…

At our June 27 “Moonshine in Manhattan” party we welcomed The Gotham Easy. A fantastic horn section! Our sponsor was Manhattan Moonshine.

Our July 25 “Midtown Melodies” party featured Daria Grace and the Pre-War Ponies. Our new hostess, Miss Melody Jane, debuted. She’s a songstress and burlesque star, wanted in six states for her monkeyshines and outlaw ways!

Our annual “Wild Party” on August 29 saw the debut of Jason Benjamin and Lime Juice Jazz perform with us. It was such a big party we needed two hostesses, Dandy Dillinger and Miss Melody Jane

The Buck and a Quarter Quartet performed Sept. 26, at the annual “September Swing” party. Our hostess, the devil-may-care Eden Atencio, even sang with the band!

The Wit’s End  7th Annual Black Cat Masquerade with Gelber and Manning was held a week before Halloween, on Oct. 24. Our hostess Dandy Dillinger kept the party rolling.

We closed out the year in November, with a special party at the Fillmore Room: the Manhattan Harvest featuring two hot bands Jesse Gelber and The Astor Boys! Jessy Carolina and the Hot Mess! 

 Presented by Jesse Gelber, Lee Chappell, and Wit’s End™ the party also featured burlesque performances by Trixie Little, King of Boylesque Mr. Gorgeous, and Dandy Dillinger.

Wit’s End will return January 30, 2015, at our new venue. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @clubwitsend, and Like our Facebook page .

Daria Grace and the Pre-War Ponies Headline July 25 Party

Saturday, July 25, 2015 in NYC, come to Wit’s End™ “Midtown Melodies” and drink Prohibition era cocktails and celebrate the Jazz Age with music from Vintage Barber & Radio Host, DJ Mike Will Cut You and LIVE hot jazz from Daria Grace and the Pre-War Ponies!

Come in your finest jazz age or vintage inspired attire to drink specialty cocktails and dance to jazz age songs in an authentic 1920s speakeasy. Our party is at Flute Midtown, 205 W. 54th Street, formerly Texas Guinan’s Club Intime! Advance tickets here!

Meet our new hostess, Melody Jane. She’s a songstress and burlesque star, wanted in six states for her monkeyshines and outlaw ways!

Midtown Melodies

Midtown Melodies

Our co-sponsor is the Dorothy Parker Society, the drinking club with a book problem.

About this month’s live band: The Pre-War Ponies was formed in 2007 by Daria Grace, who wanted to put to use her growing collection of sheet music and repertoire of not-quite hits from the 20s, 30s and 40s. She quickly recruited her old friend, trombonist and soprano uke player J. Walter Hawkes to be a part of the madness, and they have become the core duo of the band.

As for the band’s mission:

We see no reason to re-hash standards that have already been done so beautifully so many times. We like to dig deep. You have likely heard of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and Johnny Mercer, but you probably haven’t heard some of their under-rated chestnuts like “Pardon My Southern Accent” or “Find Me A Primitive Man.” We don’t just stick to the famous songwriters, either. There are plenty of gems from that golden era by the likes of Fred Ahlert, Joe Young, Chas Tobias, and Eddie Jones, none of whom are exactly household names. But maybe they should be…

Visit their Facebook Page and listen to their music here.

Dress code: Jacket and tie, vintage or vintage-inspired, Jazz Age, evening wear, cocktail attire is encouraged!

Just $15 at the door! Advance tickets on sale via Ticketweb.

Table reservations are available and encouraged; telephone Flute Midtown reservation line at 212.265.5169 to reserve a table.

Doors open at 7:00 PM. Free dance lesson at 8:30 with Jeri Lynn Astra Turner-Barnes and Neal Groothuis!

Tell your friends. Visit our new Facebook Page.

Wit’s End™ Presents: A Night In Clover!

Saturday, March 28th 2015 in NYC, come to Wit’s End™ “A Night In Clover” and drink Prohibition era cocktails and celebrate the Jazz Age with music from Vintage Barber & Radio Host, “Mike Will Cut You” and LIVE hot jazz from The Lady Bugs!

Come in your finest jazz age or vintage inspired attire to drink specialty cocktails and dance to jazz age songs in an authentic 1920s speakeasy (Texas Guinan’s Club Intime, now at Flute Midtown, 205 W. 54th Street at Broadway)!

Our co-sponsor is the Dorothy Parker Society (dorothyparker.com), the drinking club with a book problem.

Dress code: Jacket and tie, vintage or vintage-inspired, Jazz Age, evening wear, cocktail attire is encouraged!

Just $15 at the door!
Advance tickets on sale at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1332579

Table reservations are available and encouraged; telephone Flute Midtown reservation line at 212.265.5169 to reserve a table.

Doors open at 8
Free dance lesson at 8:30 with Jeri Lynn Astra Turner-Barnes and Neal Groothuis!

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The Lady Bugs: http://www.ladybugsjazz.com
DJ Mike Will Cut You: http://www.mikewillcutyou.com

Wit’s End™ presents: The Hot & Lowdown Speakeasy!

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Wit’s End™ & the Dorothy Parker Society proudly present:
A Night of Hot Jazz Decadence at the

Hot & Lowdown Speakeasy with Portland’s Pink Lady!
With bandleader Jesse Gelber!

It’s going to be hot, so come in your best jazz age lingerie, finest 1920s & 30s vintage or vintage inspired evening attire and celebrate in style with live hot nasty jazz and cold vintage cocktails in an authentic 1920s speakeasy (Texas Guinan’s Club Intime, now at Flute Midtown, 205 W. 54th Street at Broadway)!

Our co-sponsor is the Dorothy Parker Society (dorothyparker.com), the drinking club with a book problem.

Dress code: Jacket and tie, vintage or vintage-inspired, Jazz Age, evening wear, cocktail attire and of course, seasonal! 1920s, 30s and 40s vintage lingerie is encouraged!

Doors open at 8pm
Free Dance Lesson – 8:30pm!
Saturday, July 26th, 2014 8pm to Midnight
At Flute Midtown 205 W. 54th (near Broadway)

Table reservations are available and encouraged; telephone Flute Midtown reservation line at 212.265.5169 to reserve a table.

Advance tickets on sale now at BrownPaperTickets.com

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/757588

For more information, visit clubwitsend.com
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May 25 Party to Feature Svetlana Shmulyian

Are you looking for a dose of the vintage lifestyle in May that goes beyond a movie theatre? This is your event! Live1920s jazz. Vintage cocktails. Period attire and dancing. Don’t miss the monthly Wit’s End party, Saturday, May 25, featuring Svetlana Shmulyian and the Delancey Five. The party is at Flute Midtown. Advance tickets are $12 and are available now.

May 25 2013 Party

May 25 2013 Party

Celebrate the social life of the Jazz Age with Wit’s End. Come in your finest vintage or vintage-inspired evening attire and celebrate in style! Dance to music from the era and sip classic cocktails. Dress Code: Vintage/Vintage-inspired (gentlemen coat & tie; ladies eveningwear).

Our hostess is the sassiest showgirl in town, Kita St Cyr! She sets the tone for a fun night of Prohibition Era revelry. Bring your friends to experience New York’s best vintage night.

Svetlana Shmulyian and the Delancey Five have been earning rave reviews from premier NYC jazz clubs to the underground world of subway and secret speakeasy parties. They have been called “very sweet & naughty” (Jazzlives), “energetic” (Wall Street Journal), “delightful” (WRHU Jazz Radio), and a cinematically handsome Golden Age-inspired sextet. Rocking hard swinging 20s-40s jazz standards as well as charismatic originals, and featuring Svetlana’s sultry “made for jazz” (streetcredmusic) vocals backed by the band members’ inspired harmonizing and virtuoso instrumentals – their tunes are so infectious, they’ll sweep you off your feet and steal your heart away.

Led by energetic vocalist Svetlana Shmulyian, the quintet co-stars Adrian Cunningham on clarinet and tenor (shining on “Lester Leaps In”) while Dalton Ridenhour piano work ensures that the group splits the difference between Fat Waller’s Rhythm and Counts Basie’s Kansas City Five” (Will Friedwald, Wall Street Journal, 9.15.12) and also features “the native guitar wizard” (JazzLive) Ted Gottsegen, Rob Garcia, “…one of New York’s great jazz drummers and composers.” (Capital New York) and “a prime mover in the current Brooklyn jazz scene…” (Time Out-New York) and powerful and in-demand New York City bassist Brandi Disterheft (“She has the same lope or rhythmical pulse as my late bass player, Ray Brown. She is what we call serious.” – Oscar Peterson). Listen to Baby It’s Cold Outside!

Doors open at 7
free dance lessons at 8:30!
Advance tickets available via TicketWeb
Flute Midtown, 205 W 54th St, New York, New York 10019
Table reservations are available and encouraged; telephone Flute Midtown reservation line at 212.265.5169 to reserve a table.

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Go Back to 1922 at Our Christmas Party Monday Dec. 3

We are really excited to have the Red Hook Ramblers performing at our Christmas party on Monday night, Dec. 3! If you have never experienced this brass ensemble, you will be knocked out! Kick off the holiday season with horns!

Our special guests are Santa’s Helpers, Dottie Dynamo and Miss Em!

Flute Midtown is the place to be for what we’re calling the “1922 Office Christmas Party” so bring your co-workers and friends. We encourage you to dress in vintage or vintage-inspired clothes as we sip special holiday cocktails and dance to the hot jazz by these Brooklyn musicians. We also have a gift exchange planned; if you want to participate, bring your gift ($10 limit).

Just $10 at the door or online via TicketWeb.

Table reservations are available and encouraged; telephone Flute Midtown reservation line at 212.265.5169 to reserve a table.

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