Our party on Feb. 27 at the Knickerbocker Hotel, on the rooftop St. Cloud lounge, was the second-biggest party in the 7 year history of Wit’s End. It was also our Seventh Anniversary party, headlined by Dandy Wellington. There was a second Dandy in the house: Dandy Dillinger, Miss Art Deco herself. Our two special performers were Zoe Ziegfeld with her boa, Fantasia, and the tap-dancing star Gin Minsky. We also celebrated the birthdays of DJ Mike Will Cut You and Jeri Lynn. Our next party is March 26, with the Buck and a Quarter Quartet performing. Get tickets here.
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.
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.